Via Francigena Day 6 – Martigny to Orsieres

Day 6 of our pilgrimage took us from Martigny to Orsieres. Total distance: 15.4 miles – 12.2 for the walk, .6 for pleasure, 2.8 lost due to navigator error (mine).…

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Via Francigena Day 5 – Impromptu Rest Day in Martigny

Day 5 of our pilgrimage turned into an impromptu rest day in Martigny. Distance 5.6 miles (unweighted, does not officially “count” towards Via Francigena mileage). Weather: clear day, upper 60s.…

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Via Francigena Day 4 – Saint-Maurice to Martigny

Day 4 of our pilgrimage took us from Saint-Maurice to Martigny. Distance 13.9 miles (wrong turn and two blocked routes increased the distance). Temperature: mid-60s. Today I managed to sleep…

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Via Francigena Day 3 – Aigle to Saint-Maurice

Day 3 of our pilgrimage took us from Aigle to Saint-Maurice. Total distance covered: 12 miles (2 miles for extra sight-seeing). Temperature: mid-50s. The day started off rough and very…

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Via Francigena Day 2 – Farewell to Lake Geneva, Vevey to Aigle

Day 2 of the pilgrimage took us from Vevey to Aigle. Total distance covered: 15.8 miles. Temperature: mid-50s, with occasional drizzle. Much to our frustration, both of us were wide…

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Via Francigena Day 1 – Vineyards and Lake Geneva, From Lausanne To Vevey

Lausanne to Vevey Day 1 of the pilgrimage called for a walk from Lausanne to Vevey. Total distance covered: 14.9 miles. Temperature: low to mid-50s, with continuous rain showers. Although…

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Via Francigena – Arrival and “Rest Day” in Lausanne

It took over 21 travel hours to get from Florida to Lausanne, Switzerland. During our final weigh-in, Mom and I were proud that each of our backpacks came in just…

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Dreaming of the Via Francigena

Why choose a pilgrimage on the Via Francigena now? I love the Navy. I always have, always will. But a 20 year career of active-duty service was always the plan.…

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