Just the bike ride to the trailhead took me 2.5 hours, so by the time I reached Positano, I was famished. I treated myself to some lasagna and local fish dishes in a restaurant right next to the touristy beach in town
. With all that food in storage, I headed on up the 1500 steps back to the Path of the Gods trail. God, I hate humidity. I was completely soaked in sweat, and it was dripping off every part of my body, all to no avail. I had to stop and rest in the shade numerous times on the way back, but even then, I never really managed to cool down. The worst part was knowing that I would have 25 miles to go by bike even after completing the hike. Yeah, I know I can be stupid sometimes, but I did make it.
The same can’t be said for my camera, however. During the heavy sweating on the return hike, I was carrying my camera in my hand. Apparently, it didn’t like that. When I tried to take a picture back on the trail, the damn $400 camera wouldn’t turn on. Fabulous. Even after a thorough drying back at the hostel, it still didn’t work. It thus looks as if I will be without a camera until I can purchase a new one. That will have to be later, though, for I take the train (well, three trains, to be accurate) to Brindisi tomorrow. From there, I will be riding a ferry for 16.5 hours to Patras, Greece.
The Amalfi Coast is too far to bike to from Naples, so I dropped down to the city of Salerno. From there, I was able to bike the 25 miles to the trailhead of the Path of the Gods, a great trail along the coast. I biked up to Bomerano, where the trail starts at 2000 feet. From there it was about a six mile hike down to sea level in the town of Positano. I hadn't originally intended on going all the way to Positano. With the heat and near 100% humidity in addition to my soft feet that are unaccustomed to much hiking, I wasn’t sure that it would be a good idea to attempt such an adventure. I couldn’t resist though, and as long as my feet held up, I kept going. It took me 2.5 hours on the way out and 3.5 hours on the way back.