Cassino – Jerusalem: Day 5 Castelpetroso

The magnificent state road 17 (S.S.17) that from Rionero Sannitico continues through an almost uncontaminated nature up to Isernia

Departure: Rionero Sannitico – 5:00 am
Arrival: Castelpetroso
Weather: Sunny
Distance of the day: 32,0 Km
Progressive km: 147

Moving Time: 5h 59m
Elevation gain: 718 mt

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?         
(Henry David Thoreau)

I spent the night quite restlessly, alternating by short periods of actual sleep. The ground, although I had placed my mat on the tall, soft grass of the pine forest, soon turned out to be damp and significantly uncomfortable due to its excessive irregularity. Also, whenever I made any movement during the night, the dogs in the surrounding houses barked and threatened to reveal my not necessarily appreciated presence to everyone. Nonetheless, I chose that place exactly because of its proximity to the town centre, and therefore to the public illuminations of the downtown area, but I naively underestimated also the inconveniences due to a position sheltered only by the trees. So the countdown in my mind waiting for the sunrise started so early that I ended up turning on my GPS application at exactly 5:00 in the morning. I started to walk before dawn, I passed the silent village of Rionero, but as soon as I got ready to walk down the road that would lead me into the heart of Molise, I realized that without the light of the street lamps it was inconceivable to continue. Moreover, I was still very sleepy, so I decided to try to “rip off” another hour or two at the beginning of my new day of walking, and the big villa under construction on the opposite side of the road seemed to invite me not to continue. My indecision lasted very little, and soon I found myself on the second floor trying to fall asleep in what was yet another narrow bed on my path [continues in the book]

Gpx Track Day 5

Total distance: 20.02 mi
Max elevation: 3350 ft
Min elevation: 1382 ft
Total climbing: 3008 ft
Total descent: -3664 ft
Average speed: 1.57 m/s
Total time: 11:40:11

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