Day 1 (Had to Renumber) First Day of Walking

First day of hiking from Innsbruck to Rome—only 10 km, but 1500 ft climb. The symbols were clear: (1) The smaller the sign (2” x 3”), the more brutal the climb, and (2) barely 10 min into my first brutal climb, I met a life-sized crucifix telling me “to suck it up, because I suffered much, much more”!


Am now at the small town of Patsch, at an elevation of 3326 ft with breathing just a little bit harder than it was yesterday, but I’m quickly acclimatizing. Staying at the Bär Hotel and into my routine to be repeated 47 more times: arrive, check-in, shower, do laundry, nap, eat, and sleep—pretty simple.

The views all around are breathtaking.


  1. Joyce Summers — 05-02-2018 at 12:16 pm

    Lessons to be learned along the way, physically and spiritually. The roadside shrine is lovely. I know many have historical significance, like marking the way on a pilgrimage walk, or to commemorate a tragic event in the area like the plague, or as a remembrance to someone who died there, or as a shrine of thanksgiving. I think history lessons could be learned by studying the roadside shrines. I hope you have time to pause at each one and learn its message for you.

  2. Joanne López-Rojas — 05-15-2018 at 8:18 am

    Finally getting caught up with your journey. Your pix are reminding me of things we’ve seen in Mexico. Take care Kurt.❤️