Many weeks ago, on a crisp day in winter, I decided to try to trace the line of what might be a Roman Road across a nearby part of the New Forest. I first learnt about the existence of this road at a “New Forest Knowledge” conference, where there was an almost heated discussion between a number of historians and archaeologists, disputing whether this feature was Roman, or a road at all.
Sadly, we’re on a trip for another funeral. We’re staying near Cong in County Mayo, Ireland and going backwards and forwards to Headford for the funeral and arrangements.
My two sons and I wanted a day out while their wives took the Bart to a spa in San Francisco for some pampering. The heavy rain off the Pacific limited our options. We had to go somewhere indoors. The Chabot Space and Science Centre seemed like it might be interesting, and would have things for my small granddaughter to enjoy too.
My son went to a medical conference in Milan an invited me to join him as it ended, so we could spend a day driving around Lake Maggiore after eating and walking in Milan on a balmy Friday evening. We went up the East side of the lake, following the road towards the Swiss border and stopping often to amble along the shore and enjoy the views. Despite it being the beginning of October, the air is fresh but mild.
We drove a mile and paid $10. We collected our map from the nice man at the booth and left the car in the shade. At first, we strolled across wide lawns, between public barbecues and shelters. There were children in the distance, playing volleyball. Soon we found the trailhead and began to climb into the forest.