Exhausted. Hungry. And AMAZED.

Sept 15. On the PO and moving rapidly. 83 km today.  

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Started in fog. Couldn't see much, so took it easy.  Thought about the great meal I had last night and the restaurant owner who let me pitch my tent on his property. Pumpkin ravioli. The first for me. 

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I paddled and knew there was a bridge. Couldn't see it and did not want to hit a cement structure. So waited by the edge of the river. Nice flowers.  

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The fog lifted, and I am off. I paddle a good couple hours and then stop at a village, Castelmassa,  to buy groceries. 

   Couldn't resist a coffee and croissant. Plus a nice bathroom.  

Couldn't resist a coffee and croissant. Plus a nice bathroom.  

I went to Coop. Hah. Why doesn't Norway have this choice of cured meats. Wow!!!! Impressed.  

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Sept. 16.  After a severe thunderstorm and torrential rainfall through the night, I was glad to see the sunrise. 

   Zocca. A nice steeple right across the river from my campsite. 

Zocca. A nice steeple right across the river from my campsite. 

Thinking a lot about direction.  Where I want to go. More philosophical than geography. We all want to move forward and in the right direction.  It doesn't matter about age. We all hit a crossroads in life and still want to make the right choices. 

   Enchanted forest. Italy has a lot of them.   

Enchanted forest. Italy has a lot of them.   

I take a break and it looks something out of the Pirates of the Caribbean. 

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I find another safe spot to tent. 63 km behind me. Still haven't reached Venice. Miscalculated the mileage. But am amazed at the beautiful scenery. 

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Sept 17. Thought I would reach Venice. Wrong. Looks closer on the map. Terrible winds on the sea. I took a much longer alternative route which meant portaging, paddling through a drainage system, in and out of a river. What a day!!!! 

   The conditions were not easy. Wind everywhere. Frustrated. Possibly could have chosen a better  route, but no time to count unhatched eggs. Done is done and I am closer to Venice. 

The conditions were not easy. Wind everywhere. Frustrated. Possibly could have chosen a better  route, but no time to count unhatched eggs. Done is done and I am closer to Venice. 

This isn't a boat lock. But it was a tricky crossing. Hah. A local said it couldn't be done. So I left my kayak and walked the 44 minutes to see if it was possible. It was. So I did it!!!! Oh yeah, it smelled a bit.  

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I really wanted to reach Venice, but I got as far as Chiaggio Veneta. I stopped by a pleasure boat and asked if the boat lock would let me through. They said yes and then asked me if I was hungry. I said "YES". Before you knew it, I was at a table with a whole bunch of lovely Italian people. They were so gracious and supplied all sorts of food and even Prosecco. Wow!!!!

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 Needless to say, I am tenting in this marina. Venice will come tomorrow.

Needless to say, I am tenting in this marina. Venice will come tomorrow.

 These lovely people!! I felt a heart connection with them. I would have  loved to talk and share thoughts about life and experiences. He gave me a flag and a donation which I will keep for the rest of my life. That is the flag and not the donation. The lady gave me all sorts of good snacks and a beer and water. 

These lovely people!! I felt a heart connection with them. I would have  loved to talk and share thoughts about life and experiences. He gave me a flag and a donation which I will keep for the rest of my life. That is the flag and not the donation. The lady gave me all sorts of good snacks and a beer and water. 

Thank you AMAZING group of lovely Italians. Lots of love. 

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 Chioggia. A place I will always remember. Hospitality that melted my heart. Plus a full stomach. Thanks. :) Mark

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