As my trip will be ended up in Rome just tomorrow in a week I’d like to remind you to my donation campaign.
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(Cycling day 9/10 – 111,0/54,0 km)
Yesterday I left Mantova from the funny Agriturismo after we had the night before a long chat with other campers and the owner.
First it was a little bit difficult to find the way out of the town – but than I got my favourite signs…EuroVelo 7/8!
Really great countryside on the one side
of the dam – like a natural reservat.
But leaving the district of Mantova the signs with kilometers were gone…
So I past the last bridge and popped in the campingsite where Annemieke and her mother met again on their walking trip from the Netherlands to Rome.
So this morning we got the fourth traveller in the group and had breakfast in the sun – after the night was really rainy.
So Marjo got also a blog you could visit…
Marjo on the bike
And Annemieke writes about her trip on this site…
Annemieke on her walk to Rome
So than I left quite late the campingsite – usually we’d like to visit the town but the chat of three travellers was more interesting!
After getting some rain and again traffic I’m now sitting in the train to Florence passing by the Appenin.
Looking forward to discover the next big town – tomorrow there will be again a lazy day for this city – and than I will head to the western coast – hopefully with a little bit more sunshine.
(Cycling day 8)
Today was a tricky riding day – always accompanied by dark clouds which empty themselves while I took a shower.
But let’s start in the beginning…as I checked out a nice hostel in Firenze I left my B & B in Verona only at ten.
I cycled through the ancient town and found the signs for different cyclepaths which I were looking for – so far, so good.
But the problem was that I hadn’t have a gpx track and also not a map with a good scale. So – as you will think already – the signs couldn’t be found after some corners so I had to improvise…
Usually no problem but so I get to know to the lorry junction of Verona – and believe me this was no fun.
After a few kilometres another cyclepath sign came up again – but wasn’t seen again…So finally I was so lucky to find Giovanni in Sommacampagna – and he was so friendly to show me the way by car – so I had a trace-vehicle.
Thanks again to Giovanni – you’ve helped me a lot
So I came down on a silent road to Salionze and followed the signs…but guess, what’s happened – I was again on a big street where lorries pass you by.
So I came into the famous town of Borghetto with its old buildings and a castle up in Vialeggio Sul Mincio with a great garden – but I just visited Borghetto which is famous for the old mills – and now there are about 10 restaurants – and on the small bridges there are like in Paris at the Pont Neuf lockers from loving couples who throw the key away to prove their lo
So going on to follow the river Mincio that water became after about 10 km a canal – and so I reached the north of Mantua in a small Agriturismo with campin
A couple from Austria with a offroad camper were next to me and we had a good chat with the owner of the site in english, italian – and german!
And while having a shower it started to rain do I was very happy to have a big tree with table next to my tent where I could cook my risotto.
So tomorrow I’d like to go to Ferrara and than to Bologna taking the train to Florence. So hopefully the weather is okay – the forecast says – no! (as the last days)
I’d like to introduce to you a couple I’ve met yesterday on the road from Mestre to Vicenza.
They’re started their journey in Paris about 1 1/2 months ago and will be on the road for about a year – wow!
Ob their website you’ll find a map of the trip and can follow them.
Here is there blog…have a look…
Elena and Gaetan on the run
(Lazy day 2)
Today I’d like to visit again this marvellous town which I haven’t been for about 20 years – and it was fantastic!
Just to have this day here I planned my whole journey so I could come to this place in the East.
I had no plan – shame on me – but this was absolutely no problem.
I got a ticket for the museums around Piazza San Marco and so I started the big city trip by sun.
Entering the museum of Basilica di San Marco I found fantastic paintings and historic treasures. Also the Museo Correr belongs to these buildings.
In the end I visited the Palazzo Ducale – just a few pics…
So finally I took the way back to the busstop by foot over the Ponte di Rialto and through the ancient town – off the beaten track.
This day closes with a little bit of rain and thunder – but only for s short time.
Grand day out in Venice – come and look, it was worth the pedaling!
(Cycling day 6)
So this day was really awful as I found out, that my mattress got an hole (but so tiny I couldn’t find it), my watch with fresh batteries got water inside and was now broken and finally the connection between the bike and the E-Werk was nearly broken – but the weather was fine!
But – after the usual camp breakfast I started to begin that ‘interesting’ day which would end after planned 85 km – but in real it was 124 km…
So leaving the site I’ve had a great cyclepath wich is called the Bicitalia 2 and 4 and also the german one “München – Venedig”.
Small roads and a marvellous small town which name I’ve forgotten.
Finally I came to Treviso and as I’ve planned the track at home I had no thinkings about any upcoming problems – but they came after that wonderful town.
There were two deviations which took me about 1 1/2 h and – the campingsite would be closed at 8 pm.
So a irish couple stood at a corner and talked to a friendly guy and he offered us to lead us to Mestre.
It should take us about 1 h – and he lead us through industrial zones, shopping centres and very small pedestrian paths.
in the end I reached the camping and was completely finished.
As the weatherforecast was very bad for the next days I took a bungalow and next to me there were two ladies from Bordeaux – and I showed them my old blog, of course.
(Cycling day 5)
Today’s ride was one of the most impressive one I had before.
Starting at the Lago di Caldonazzo and rolling down along the river Brenta on a newly made cyclepath it was outstanding.
As I’m laying already in my tent after having a great Dinner with a guy from Munich – a cyclist with his mtb and streetmachine – just a few pics.
After so many impressions I finally found my way to Bassano di Grappa – a great city with so much history
So in the end I got my place for my tent a little bit out of town – with many bikers and paragliders.
And – they’ve got a beer from Bad Reichenhall which is about 60 km from my home.
So this day was a really varied one…
I started in Innsbruck with a little bit of rain and took the train up to the Brennero pass.
As I exit the train I first took out my woollen cap, the rainclothes, the long underwear and long gloves – 5 C.
Cycling down the perfect prepared track it got a little bit warmer so I could leave a part of the warm stuff time by time.
Visiting Brixen and Clausen I’ve seen again great cultural sites and an outstanding countryside.
On my way I passed the Trostburg and an old bridge I’ve been before with some friends.
About 15 km before entering Bolzano there is a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere – but next to the cyclepath.
And – they serve the bavarian organic beer ‘Riedenburger’ – so let’s have a pint…
And here I got the options to dry my clothes – hurray!
So now the bike was rolling a bit faster and I have to say that this part of today’s track was the most impressive.
So after 101 km I reached my really nice and new youthhostel and enjoyed a little bit of the ancient town.
Starting of from my small pension after a great breakfast I was really happy that it was just cloudy and not raining.
Coming down to steep street I’ve been pulling up yesterday I was surprised I’ve managed it to cycle that road up yesterday.
Now back in the Innradweg the first 45 km were fine – just cold and clouds but no rain. The first shower was just short so I had lunch.
But the next rain wasn’t just a shower – it hold on the rest of the day.
So cycling in the area of ‘Karwendel’ was very impressive as there is a lot of history and natural beauty – if it’s not raining 😉
So finally I reached my second place to stay – the youthhostel of Innsbruck.
Not very new but okay – and I got to know a guy from Denmark who intends to be a teacher in two years time.
Now he is hitchhiking through Europe, having walked already the camino to Santiago di Compostela and enjoys the school holidays.
So this day ends in a nice Pizzeria next to the hostel – and I hope the God of weather is a little bit more friendly tomorrow.