The last week has been a mixture of highs and lows, as it should be I suppose, it makes the journey a bit more interesting!
A definite high has been some of the roads. Traveling across Italy, along quiet country roads curving up, down and around the hills has been excellent! I think one of the best parts of the whole ride so far was the 15 kilometer downhill, switchback road leading down into Sapri. It was a great way to start the day, and also provided me with my first view of the sea on the western coast.
Something that has not been as great is the weather. Since arriving on the west coast it has been raining and overcast most days. There has been some sunshine as well, but I can only imagine what this coastline would be like in better weather. Pretty spectacular I imagine!
The rain has also been responsible for the biggest mishap of the trip so far, a long slide down the tarmac after my front wheel slid out from under me on a wet switchback corner. I was lucky that nothing very serious happened, but have been nursing a sore shoulder, hip and knee for the last 4 days and am only now starting to feel a bit better. Still, nothing that is not healing and it hasn’t really affected my milage as I was always planning to take it slowly along this part of the coast.
Mister survived with only a few small scratches and I will just have to remember that the touring tires I am using do not offer much in the way of wet weather grip in the future.
I’m also starting to see more and more Roman ruins, like these in Paestum. Interesting stuff!
The ride along the Amali coast was definitely a highlight. Incredible scenery even though I am sure it would have been even better if it wasn’t raining every day!
I’ve now arrived in Ercolano and plan to stay here for a few days. I want to see the start of the Two Volcano Sprint tomorrow and I want to visit the Herculaneum archaeological site. I didn’t visit Pompei and really want to visit Herculaneum.
Then I have a short ride in towards Rome that I will have 5 days to complete, so I should have plenty of time for sightseeing, followed by a 2-week break from cycling as I fly to Stockholm and then Finland to work and study. Hopefully, the weather will be better when I come back!
I am not sure how I plan to continue the-ride. My options are to head north from Rome, towards Florence, Pisa, and Livorno, and then take a ferry to Corsica. Or, start the same way and then head east towards Bologna, past Venice and towards Slovenia and Croatia, and then head south towards Greece.
As always, time will tell…