Yesterday the original plan was to explore Pitigliano and the Saturnia Therme – and as the guy from the campingsite told me the rental company would pick me up just here…
So far – so good. The man came and took me to the rental about 13 km away.
But than came out that with a 50 ccm scooter this ride would be impossible as the machine couldn’t stand these mountains. I just have a driver licence for that and not for an 125 ccm.
So that very friendly lady told me that just over the street a bus would bring me home – probably…
So first I tried to hitchhike but no car stopped and I started to walk the first 4 km or so. Than there was a bus but just to the main junction. Here I decided to take lunch and after 45 min the bus would come for the next 6 km.
I was happy and had a nice meal – but than I found out that this service just runs in july and august.
A friendly lady took me to the camping and so this ‘interesting’ day ended up at the beach.
Today I’ve started a little bit early as I didn’t know what to expect – you’ll never know.
Well, bikemap.net showed a great sense of humour as they leaded me along a ‘cyclepath’ – I was so happy that it didn’t rain because these approximate 10 km wouldn’t be possible for me as there was just a sandy piste.
But finally after 90 km I’ve found a campingsite which is ‘nice’.
They don’t have drinkable water and you need a key to go the beach…and in the neighbourhood we’ve got a coal-fired powerplant 😀
But all in all this cycling day was great while having all the time sunshine – so what would you expect more. (WiFi would have been fantastic ;-))
So tomorrow I’m going to start the last cycling day and I look forward to explore Rome!
Sorry but I have to skip some days and will tell you just about today which was absolutely great!
I’m sitting on the beach at a camping next to Orbetello and the sun just said good night.
I’ve started my 65 km trip next to Follonica from a small and family owned campingsite. Yesterday evening I had a wonderful dinner with my neighbours from Germany who invited me. So we talked till deep in the night.
At night it rained all the time and I was worrying about the morning – but than it stopped and I could leave with everything dry.
I had to climb an 200 m ascent but it took me to the classic toscany countryside – outstanding! Running down the hills it would have been fantastic to have a cam…
Finally I arrived in Orbetello on the camping. Just 5 km away is the – in german organic shops – very famous farm `La Selva’ and they’ve got the products also in the small supermarket here.
So tomorrow I’m going to lend a Vespa and go to Pitigliano – and perhaps I’ll visit the farm.
With a nice view to the sea that’s all for today….
So here we´ve got the second part of the trip. After crossing some mountains by train from Bologne to Florence I´m going to explore the ancient town – after more than 10 years…
Leaving the city to the northwest visiting Prato and Pistoia I look forward to see the cultural highlights of Lucca and Pisa. Now as I´ve reached the Tyrrhenian Sea I´d like to enjoy the beach and go to Grosseto – also a town with marvellous historic scenery.
Making my basecamp in Orbetello I´d like to explore the nearby Monte Argentario.
Lending – hopefully – the famous Vespa the etruscan cities next to this place and the Terme di Sorrano will be visited. A stop in Pitigliano is also possible.
After those days I´m going to cycle along the coast as the inland countryside is not really suitable for a recumbent and a trailer – it´s a pity because at the start of my planing I´d like to visit the Lago di Bolsena. This is – according to some friends who cycled along this area – not possible.
So in the end there will be Rome – here I´ve got a hotel booked already for two nights and in the evening my CityNightLine train will bring me back to Germany.
Rome will be the cultural highlight – there are so many sights and museums to discover – I really look forward to this great city.
So now I´m really happy to have finisched my plans for this years journey – if you got any recommendations drop me a line!
Florence to Rome – Part Two of my trip