Two boyhood friends lose contact with each other for 35 years but re-connect through the magic of the internet. Great travelling companions in their youth, they are now separated by 18,000 kilometres: one lives in England, the other in Australia. But to celebrate their reunion they link up for one more travel adventure. They set off on an 1100-kilometre-long backpack journey inspired by a famous book written a century ago: The Path to Rome by Hilaire Belloc. In deciding to follow the route Belloc took from northern France, across Switzerland and through Tuscany to Rome, the friends knew they would be ranging well beyond their comfort zone – for they were in their late 70s and both had diminished eyesight!
But they are in high spirits when, on a beautiful late-summer’s day, they set off on what proves to be the adventure of a lifetime. This book is the story of that adventure. More than that, it commemorates a great author – and celebrates a great friendship.