Tomorrow I fly to Adelaide to commence a 6 day hike on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island, situated off the South Australian Coast and fronting the Great Southern Ocean.
It is a gentle walk, the longest day is only 18 kilometres and not at all like the long walks I have done and have planned.
Staying in a lighthouse – yes
Staying in lighthouse cottages – yes
Mingling with penguins, sea-lions, goannas, kangaroos, echidnas etc – yes
Seeing rare Australian native birds – yes
Spectacular cliff top walks and scenery – yes
Wandering in the sunshine – yes.
The stars at night, crystal clear far from city pollution, peering into infinity – yes.
‘What’s not to like’, as we say down under [and possibly elsewhere].
In the meantime I continue to ponder doing the Via Francigena in 2016, a hike of 950 kilometres from Saint Bernard’s Pass to Rome. I have learned that the Pope has declared 2016 a jubilee year for the Catholic Church.
I have zero interest in religion, however, I am informed that the jubilee year declaration will lead to an influx of people/pilgrims to Italy [and higher prices] and the last thing I want is to be surrounded by hordes of people!
I know that the Camino Frances becomes even more crowded in jubilee years.
What do readers know of the possible impact of a jubilee year on the Via Francigena?
If I decide that the Via Francigena is ‘off’ for 2016, there are other enticing possibilities – the 88 temples pilgrimage in Japan, Jakobsweg in Switzerland/France and the temptation of hiking in Scotland, about which I have heard so much.
I could do the first half of the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Saint Bernard’s Pass, but that one is less appealing. Mind you, it would certainly be solitary!
Either way I shall continue to learn Italian, a beautiful language and a fun class even if I do not walk there next year.
First world problems, I know.