Today is a day off from sailing. I slept in until close to 09:00 then went out for a run. There’s a nearby mountain peak that I aimed to summit, which I had spotted when we were sailing in. I had been running for close to an hour without finding a trailhead but then got the right information from a local in the village of Canneto, just north of the mountain, Monterosa. We communicated in French as it was the language that worked best for us both. She had done part of her university studies in Paris where she had picked up the language. The trail to the top wasn’t much further away so I soon made it to the top. It wasn’t nearly as steep as yesterday’s mountain, so I was able to run all the way up and down. There were beautiful views of Canneto to the north and Lipari to the south. Afterwards I made my way back to the boat in the marina, Porto Pignataro, showered on the pontoon then hand-washed some dirty laundry I’ve had piling up.
Ross made a mushroom omelette for us to eat for brunch and afterwards I walked over to the nearby restaurant to use the internet and get some blog updates done. The connection was very poor and I managed to get an alternate one in the marina, so am now writing aboard the boat.
This afternoon I’ll probably walk into town and browse the streets. Mal & Val leave early tomorrow morning so have checked in to a hotel and all of us will meet for our last supper together tonight.