We are both very well and back in Turkey

Some of you got concerned when I was so long between posts. But, we were very busy with Robn’s boat, and then getting to Philly, and then getting to my boat Turkey.

As a synopsis….

About a yr ago, we went from America to Robn’s boat in Trinidad &Tobago, then to Democracy Spring & Democracy Awakening in Washington, DC and spoke with our Senators and Reps.

Then back to Trinidad, then to New York City July 17-22nd, Philly 22 to Aug 1. Then Milan for a week, because this saved us a bunch on the ticket to Turkey. We got to Turkey August 3 and will be here about 80 days. Then, we will go to the USA to vote and do some quick projects. Then back to Trinidad and Robn’s boat.

We had killer hike in Italy last week. We took a cable car gondola up a cliff N of Milan to do some mountain/relative wilderness hiking in the foot hills of the Alps. And in scouting around, found what we thought to be the trail to walk down.

The place is called, "Piani d’Erna." 4,511 ft to the top of the hill, which is higher than the upper end of the cable car.

The relatively level hike at the top had been lots of fun, so we thought we would walk down. There were automobiles at the top, which implied a road(s) and the beginning trail was easy.

Like an Ant-Lion trap.

As we got further down and less interested in climbing all the way back up to the gondola station, it got more like rock climbing and we kept looking for people with winged suits jumping off. It was near vertical and a LONG way down to a road below. Perhaps 2,000 feet.

Long (5hr), painful, story made shorter, we made it, but we have not been doing any hiking for many months, so we were really dragging, by the time we got to the bottom of the gondola cable, where the bus to town came, once an hour.

Robn was thrilled that her, sometimes, almost debilitating leg problem was totally absent. She finds that natural terrain usually is fine, but pavement often is not. In fact, on this hike, she was holding up much better than I was.

We were pretty stiff and walking funny for almost a week. Since the Milan Metro has a lot more stairs than elevators, or down escalators, getting all of our luggage to the airport was painful to do and probably painful for people to watch us.

More news later,

Dave & Robn


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