…is what I’m talking about. A great day cycling, in the sunshine, by the sea!
Rain during the night cleared the air a bit, but only a bit! My little tent gets quite hot and I am reluctant to leave my hatch open for fear of being eaten by the mozzies!
This morning started with a shock! As I looked at the map I realised that I was in a big cul-de-sac! Another km down the road I was on was the end of the road. So last night when I thought I was knocking mileage (how do you say that in km?) off today and enjoying the downhills, I was actually adding to it. As it turned out it was only adding about 7km rather than the full 15km but much of it was up.
Anyway, I was all set with a good attitude to get all the way to Pisa so a couple of hours climb to start with was no problem. Then I dropped to the coast again, and then stayed on the coast most of the way! Apart from being flat (the headwind was bearable), it was also very interesting. A kind of mix between the boulevards of Miami, lined with palm trees, and the resorts of NW England. Apart from the sunshine, some of the places were not dissimilar to Skegness. Tacky stalls selling inflatables and beach games, wind breakers knocked in the sand, arcades, big trampolines!
Then I faced the usual problem of getting into town and ended up on a very busy dual-carriageway for the last 10km. I cycled into Pisa looking for the info office for camping info, so I saw the tower briefly, but I will look around properly this evening and tomorrow. My initial impression is of a town with a famous tower that has found more things for people to visit too- we’ll see.
The campsite is good. Great, cheap shop and nice pool (although ‘pool caps’ are compulsory and cost €2,50!) I am sitting in my swimsuit because all my other clothes are in the dryer having been washed. Just imagine the Levi advert!