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!
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.
Passo del Muraglione
Marina di Ravenna (Adria)
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.
Heading to Venice
Piazza de Roma
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!
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.
Lake of Reschen
Pass of Reschen (Reschenpass, Austria)
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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