Monday, May 18, 2009

Hiking the Ligurian Coast: Rapallo -> Chiavari

Diversity is the name of the game.

After a breakfast not worth discussing we start the day with a climb out of town. This is almost an Andrea special, but it's missing the train bit. Up 600m fairly directly in the morning sun. Not too hot, but still a lot of steps; much sweat was shed. The next few hours are through forest, more or less flat, with 5-10 minute periods in the sun to allow us to maximally appreciate the shade.

Good views back onto Rapallo and the bay. Stop at a crazy pilgrim church (Santuario di Montallegro) with busts on the outside walls that look like Stalin and Lenin (but can't be).

At one point in the woods we encounter a family of pigs. Awkward moment while Mom makes angry grunting noises and calls one kid across the path, but then they run off and we continue on after breathing a sigh of relief.

Lots of nice paths through the woods and under the trees and beside walls. Lots and lots of variation and not terribly much altitude change until the 600m down to the outskirts of Chiavari and the bus into town.


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