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The Ups and Downs of Trekking in Tuscany

Having spent most of my life in New York City, walking is second nature to me. So when the opportunity arose for my husband Bob and me to join Kathy and Richard Dunlop, our friends and neighbors at Orchid Island, on a walking trip of Tuscany and Cinque Terre, I was quite cavalier about it. “No problem for me,” I said; “I’ve walked many miles a day in high heels, not to mention countless hours on a treadmill, stair climber or elliptical cross-trainer. How difficult could a walking tour in Italy be?”

The Dunlops had done their homework and selected a tour package from Mountain Travel Sobek’s La Dolce Via catalog of biking and walking trips in Europe. Our 12-day trip was all-inclusive with the exception of several lunches and dinners. We were joined by the Dunlops’ 28-year-old daughter Allison from Salt Lake City and our friends Kay and Ted Colangelo, who also live in Orchid Island.

Read the entire article in the September 2000 issue