Canterbury to Rome to Assisi Days 91-92.
Poggio San Lorenzo to Rieti to Poggio San Bustone:
Beautiful fall scenery and perfect walking weather going through some gorgeous forests. Had a fun chat with 5 Austrians including one that works for the Catholic Church. They are on their way to Rome to tell Pope Francis he should allow women priests. Good luck with that although I suspect he would probably agree. As I very strongly do. I imagine Jesus being very supportive as he was tolerant of all unlike the Church.
Got early into Rieti and B&B La Terrazza Fiorita. The host Rita is very kind. A very nice stop.
Left at Rieti at 7:30 with pleasant hillside walking. Near La Foresta a Francesco site with Stations of the Cross ran into an Italian taking photos in beautiful light.
I somehow got lost after La Foresta. Back on track walked through the town of Cantalice on hillside where Saint Felix is from who started Cappucine Order. During the rest of the walk I kept thinking of Father Michael the Polish Cappucine Monk who walked overnight 90K from Santiago to Finisterre back in 2016 at the end of his Camino de Santiago. Arriving at dawn he said Mass at the tip of Finisterre for his 4 companions from Poland.
Tough final ascent up to Poggio San Bustone but it was suggested by my host Feliciano to hike up to the Francesco Sanctuary and higher still to where he had his “Revelations” that God forgave all his sins and that people would come to Assisi from all over Europe to learn the Franciscan Way.
At both of these spots I was alone. Feeling the love of Francesco!
Coming back to Feliciano’s place. After cleaning up I went to dinner and am the only one. Covid restrictions are tightening up so locals can only pick up their food, not eat in. But since I am staying at his place I can and am the only eat in diner. Eerie but I am enjoying the quiet and friendly chat with Feliciano.