The next morning we woke up with a lot of confidence. We got up very early before the sun got too hot because we had braced ourselves for a difficult walk. We were able to maneuver ourselves out of the city on the ancient Via Flaminia however once again no markings. This is a Camino not to make if you don’t speak Italian. We were standing by the roadside so much perplexed. An Italian jogger came up and asked if he could help us we told him where we wanted to go. Then he said when go up to the house on the right, take a right climb way up go way down take a left on the street this is signed San Giacomo, turn left, go straight down the street and then when you come to the village go about 300 feet past the stoplight, take a right and that will take you into Poreta. So we continued to walk with confidence although we never saw a sign. When we got to the intersection about 2 hours later our jogger was there! We stopped at the village for coffee.
We walked from the valley up here to Poreta. It was a challenge. In many ways this Camino is one on which we have not accomplished what we set out to accomplish but in fact we have accomplished a lot more. I think having no map and getting lost has helped us experience the incredible hospitality of the Italian people, as we were having to change itinerary very quickly in the spontaneity of the moment.
The valley is so lush. It has been cultivated for thousands of years. The monks had a large role in this in the medieval period because of their care for creation through crop rotation and planting certain kinds of vegetation that replenish the nutrients in the soil. Because of good farming habits it continues to yield incredibly good produce. Now this is sustainability. That is to care for God’s creation so it can sustain more and more of God’s creatures, that is, the humans he has created in his own image. Saint Francis for the earth expressed his love for creatures.