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2005: France & Italy

28.5. Brozzi - Firenze/Florence - Dicomano 71km

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6:30 awake, get up 6:45, 7:30 departure for Firenze / Florence, shortly before I eat, shop for drinking, 9:30 Firenze/Florance entry, go inward 40min city, reach very beautiful places, see queues of people admission to somewhere, whether it be church, museum or other building - I ride in the city core around, but I won't stay too long, the many people disturb me, some buildings are beautiful, but it drives me out of the city - funny, it should be the highlight of my trip, but remained only 2 hours, and then leave the city, Pontasieve, Rufina then Dicomano, where I once again to buy food and drink. From there, I still 5-6km along the Godenzo uphill, I ride a little way down to the creek Fine, and a wonderful place for today, 13:30 early, I remain here, perhaps even for tomorrow if the beverage last. Around 17:00 cook with water from a small stream into the Godenzo, pasta, studying maps. By 20:30 resting, reflect, visualize . . . Thanks for the nice sleeping place!

29.5. Dicomano (Restday)

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Rest day, the place is so wonderful that I stay here one day. Around 6:30 awake, very cold, about 10C, I remain in the tent until 9:00 till the sun reaches the tent, then it will be immediately hot in the sun and warm in the shade. I hang around, get some sleep, meet a fisherman and try to talk to my little italian. 14:00 little clouds, perhaps heat thunderstorm, it is very humid, despite sun. A few raindrops and it's over after short time, the clouds dissolve. I laze as if there's no tomorrow. 17:00 it is pleasantly cool. Food and drink enough for today and tomorrow morning, good.

30.5. Dicomano - Volano 159km

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Passo del Muraglione
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5:30 awake, sleep on, get up 6:30, 7:15 departure, San Godenzo 8:00 shopping, and with normal Foccacho Pomodori (tomatoes), water fueling from a well, 9:30 Muraglione Pass, 907m above sea-level. Finally reach the pass, it was not as hard as I thought, no idea how much altitude I rode, perhaps 350-400m. Meet a japanese who is underway since 2 weeks coming from Budapest, I hint him to the nice place from yesterday, after 30min, we both continue, he rides uphill, I ride downhill. Forli, where I buy liquids, 33C warm, passing on to Ravenna, 12:30, then, further to Marina di Ravenna, Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean), then by ferry (0.50 euros) over a small river / sea entry, 15:00. Next close to the coast north via Lake Comacchio until Volano, 17:40 where I find the roost, in the shade. I enormously start sweating and dozens mosquitoes bite me in the legs, bloody, so much I sweat, I quickly set up a tent, still sweating. Through the wind I had enough cooling while riding. I wanted to ride this day as far as possible, knowing that it is hot, especially in the Po plain tomorrow. Approx. 120km from Venice away. I have cooled off, no mosquitoes despite more open tent.

31.5. Volano - Venezia - S. Marino 207km

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Heading to Venice
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Venice
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Piazza de Roma
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5:00 awake, pack and go, a few mosquitoes are able to bite me yet, 5:30 departure, clouds, the sun has not come through, about 100km, should be in Venice by midday. Mesola, Rosolina, nothing to eat except 2 snackbars, 1.5L of water, so I cycle through Chioggia and finally Mestre, where I briefly depart (200m) on the highway and then stick by the bike trail from the highway away to Mestre, shopping 4x1.5L water and sugar water (Icetea & sugared orange juice). I ride on the 5km the bridge or dam to Venice, arrive finally in Venice - rest on the park bench, I drink and eat pleasurably, finally. Pleasant atmosphere, no cars, people stroll, take boat taxis, especially tourists, I hang around, after 4.5 hours 101km done. 12:30 try other places to go as the Piazza di Roma, but without city plan, not much to ride in Venice, another time. I go back to Mestre, then via SS245 to Castel Franco, Bassano and then on the car or highway, it starts raining very heavily, after 30-40min, the heavy rain is over the whole Valley (Valsugana), it's dark, thundering and lightning, from the west is clears up. The road into the valley is partialy a single lane, regulated traffic lights, delay of 1 hour waiting for 50m site bypassing (!!). I am looking for places, but in the valley hardly gives any option, I finally camp under the bridge on the river, also dry. Let's see how I sleep. It's already 21:00, have eaten and drunk, even a flat still get to the last meters, definitely no longer driving or looking after more than 207km it's enough! Thank you!

1.6. S. Marino - Trento - Bolzano - Terlan 155km

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5:30 awake, slept little, but rested. First fix front tube, 7:00, something to eat, too. During the night it rained again with thunderstorm, under the bridge everything remained dry, it was a good choice to stay here, despite considerable road noise, when you are tired you sleep easy, no matter what noise. 7:30 departure, about 15km, rear wheel has a flat, 3 times, despite the "Self Healing" tube. I drive in Valsugana on the main street, partly under dangerous circumstances. In Borgo I meet a Dutchman and he told me that there was a cycle path through the entire valley (!!), from then on the bicycle path is to Caldonazzo, then I miss the cycle route again (bad signaling), without detailed map you get lost so I get back on main road, then SS47 to Trento, tunnels, 50km/h, great! In Trento on the SS12, but then again I see bicycle path signs from afar, try the cycle route, along the river Adige, paved, with a strong tailwind 25-33km/h after Bolzano / Bozen, people speak German, and less greetings - less eye to eye contact - less heart, oh well. In Bolzano buy liquids, back on bicycle path towards Merano / Merano, after 10km, I find a small place in the Adige River next to the highway, railway and pedestrian. Eat, 19:30, put up tent late. 20:30 I am in the tent, beautiful sunset, great place, thanks! Thinking about the route to Switzerland, via Reschenpass 1507m, or Ofenpass 2149m, let's see. 10km still to Merano.

2.6. Terlan - Reschenpass - Martina 132km 1200Hm

Malles Venosta/Mals
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Lake of Reschen
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Pass of Reschen (Reschenpass, Austria)
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5:30 awake, 6:30 departure, it was a good night and the place. 7:30 I am in Merano, not good signs for the Reschenpass without highway, there is a cycle path, I do ask MTB cyclists, so I take it too. The cycle route is moderately well-signposted, that is sometimes too much and unnecessary signposted, and where not signaled it's important - the signs have a stupid design, the direction is hardly to detect, symbolized by a small triangle one has to stop to look at it. Some heavy slopes, with luggage very tiring, especially around Mals more than 20% slope, I push the bike up on tiptoes, because it is too steep, I change on the main road from SS40 - the bicycle path are too steep, so on the main road beautiful sections more flat and even climbing, with luggage, it is different than with a lightweight MTB to be underway. Finally Haidersee and St. Valentino, Reschensee, Reschen at 1500m and then down (!!) to 1455m Reschenpass, then Italian / Austrian border. Thanks to EU open border. Very fast downhill (surprise?). Approximately 63km/h downhill after Nauders, approximately 2-3km up again, then down to Martina, Austria / Switzerland border, waived me through. Aside of main road, a MTB route, and to halt lawn next to the Inn / En, an ideal place, thanks! Short calls with Melanie, parents are unreachable, wash arms and legs in the cold Inn, the tent pitched up, write, 18:30 into the tent to rest, got a lot of sun, some strange feeling, probably in the sun burn in the face of high-altitude and not realizing in the wind. Go to sleep at 21:30, then good night!


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