My Via Francigena by bicycle

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  1. Matthew King

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    I arrived in Rome two days ago having started from Canterbury.
    I used a Surly Ogre 29er hard tail which was perfect for the conditions.
    My itinerary is as follows:
    Day one
    VF Canterbury to Dover 31.1km
    Dover to Calais ferry.
    VF Calais to Guines 19.6km stay at Le bien assis campsite (free for pilgrims) running total 50.7 km
    Day two
    VF day two Guines to Auchy-au-Bois 83.5km running total 134.2km
    Day three
    VF day three Auchy-au-Bois to Trefcon 104km running total 238.2km
    Day four
    VF day four Trefcon to Corbeny 95.6km running total 333.8km
    Day five
    VF day five Corbeny to Chalons en Champagne 96.8km running total 430.6km
    Day six
    VF day six Chalons en Champagne to Bar sur Aube 104km running total 534.6km
    Day seven
    VF day seven Bar sur Aube to Champlitte 114km running total 548.6km. Left Mark in Langres
    Day eight
    VF day eight Champlitte to Ornans 95.3km running total 643.9km.
    Day nine
    VF day nine Ornans to Pontarlier 37.9km running total 681.8km.
    Day ten
    VF day ten Pontarlier to Bursinel 80.8km running total 762.6km.
    Day eleven
    VF day eleven. Rest day in Bursinel running total 762.6km.
    Day twelve
    VF day twelve. Rest day in Bursinel running total 762.6km.
    Day thirteen
    VF day thirteen. Bursinel to Martigny 105km running total 867.6km.
    Day fourteen
    VF day fourteen. Martigny to Great St Bernard Pass 55km 1900 metre ascent running total 922.6km.
    Day fifteen
    VF day fifteen. Great St Bernard Pass to Pont St Martin 92.5km running total 1015.1km.
    Day sixteen
    VF day sixteen. Pont St Martin to Mortara 95.6km running total 1110.7km.
    Day seventeen
    VF day seventeen. Mortara to Piacenza 97km running total 1207.7km.
    Day eighteen
    VF day eighteen. Piacenza to Fornovo 75km running total 1282.7km.
    Day nineteen
    VF day nineteen. Fornovo to Pontremoli over the Cisa pass 71.4km running total 1353.1km.
    Day twenty
    VF day twenty. Pontremoli to Pietrasanta 71.8km running total 1424.9km.
    Day twenty one
    VF day twenty one. Rest day in Pietrasanta running total 1424.9km.
    Day twenty two
    VF day twenty two. Rest day in Pietrasanta running total 1424.9km.
    Day twenty three
    VF day twenty three. Pietrasanta to Gambassi 96.3km running total 1521.2km.
    Day twenty four
    VF day twenty four Gambassi to Lucignagno d'Arbia 79.3km running total 1600.5km.
    Day twenty five
    VF day twenty five Lucignagno d'Arbia to Acquapedente 83.1 km running total 1683.6km.
    Day twenty six
    VF day twenty six. Acquapedente to Campagnano di Roma 103 km running total 1786.6km.
    Day twenty seven
    VF day twenty seven. Campagnano di Roma to St Peter's Square, Rome 36.7km running total 1817.3km from Canterbury cathedral.

    So I cycled for twenty three days and had four rest days. I essentially stopped in Sigerics submansions, camped in my tent for a few nights but mainly used cheap hotels, and the occasional osteria.

    I used a Garmin 72 for navigation and Ortlieb single track panniers.

    I hope this might help if anyone may be planning their own VF by bicycle. Unlike the Camino Frances, I think their is dearth of guidebooks.

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