Cycling day 13/51 km ~ From Lazise to San Biagio
After this cool evening yesterday I’ve decided to set my alarmclock 1 h later – this was not really a good idea. But I’m on holiday…
I tried to find a small road but this wasn’t so easy.
I cycled along Lago di Garda on the BicItalia 1 – but this was only in the beginning a good idea because the path went off the beaten track
So my next stop was Desenzano with its ancient harbour and I had lunch there.
After that break I continued to Sirmione – it was so crowded that you weren’t allowed to go inside the ancient town. But it’s absolutely worth a visit, you can walk around the island or jump into the crowd and enjoy fanatic ice-cream or other delicious food.
Now came the hard work to do – riding along the big roads with no cyclepaths…but I’ve got to say that the drivers overtook me carefully – and we are not in the highseason. In the end I arrived at the campingsite which was my big second aim as we’ve got pictures of that place at work and I always wanted to go there.
It is called San Biagio next to Manerba and is really beautiful. It has a small island you can visit (with an excellent stone beach) and there is a a mountain with a ruine. Next to it you can walk to a viewpoint – and it’s marvellous!
So at this campingsite I’ve got my second day-off and used it for the walk and a day on the beach – we had 30 degrees – great! 😁
Cycling day 12/67 km ~ From Loppio to Lazise/Lago di Garda
In the morning we were lucky again because of the fine weather – what a difference to my trip last year…
So I left the valley were Loppio is situated and continued to follow the cyclepath of the river Adige. The temperature climbed to 32 degrees but the landscape was outstanding.
After the lunch I had to leave the valley and cross some hills – and in a very small village I just stopped to refill water so an old man started a conversation where I come from and where to I’d like to go.
In the end I sat in the living room of Romeo and Julia (their real names as they promised me – brother and sister) and we drank a glass of homemade white wine. He visited Munich 50 years ago to watch the Olympics…
So finally after some serpentines downhill later you could experience the difference between the countryside and the lago – a big difference of money…
My first stop was in Bardolino and it was great to have done the second aim – Lago di Garda.
It was so crowded that I couldn’t realise how it would be like here in the high season.
I continued to Lazise and put up my tent at the Camping municipal which is okay for 19,- €. But don’t expect the quality of a small Agriturismo – worlds are lying between them.
You have a nice strip of stone beach and the water was refreshing – cool! 😁
In the evening I went out to explore the old town and it was full of life – and you can meet also nurses from your hood…
Cycling day 11/85 km ~ From Roncegno to Loppio
After having enjoyed the great breakfast which was included in the room of the Agriturismo Montibeller I left the small town and continued to cycle in the valley of Valsugana which I already knew from my trip two years ago.
Having fantastic weather it was great to follow the Via Julia Augusta. I thought I just would have to cycle downhill to Trento – but that was completely wrong as you’ve had to go uphill as the valley was very near.
I’ve also cycled along the Lago di Caldonazzo which was outstanding.
Finally I came down to Trento where I had lunch in the central park. There I had the idea to come back one day and attend an language school – would be great to study in the country of the language you want to learn.
Cycling along the wide valley of Adige was a little bit boring – and very hot. But of course better than rain 😀
I’ve tried to have a look to the ancient town of Rovereto but the traffic was so dangerous that I decided to continue my ride to the campingsite in Loppio – which has a pool and a coffee machine 😁
Cycling day 10/73 km ~ From Bassano del Grappa to Roncegno Terme
So staying at the paragliders campingsite was great as I had a chat in the morning with the guys from the evening before – but now I’m sure I do not want to learn paragliding 😁
The sun was shining, the tent was dry after a horrible night and so I continued my journey. Of course I had a look to the ancient town of Bassano del Grappa...
And coincidentally I found the oldest bakery in town and bought a really good tasting bread freshly made.
Leaving Bassano del Grappa you have to cross the famous bridge – unfortunately it’s under construction…like two years ago on my way to Rome it was outstanding to visit it.
From Bavaria to Rome (2016)
Entering the valley of the river Brenta you experience an outstanding beauty of nature…and against the weatherforecast the sun was shining…
But – as the routine teached me already – after the sun comes some rain…after midday having had my lunch it started again to rain for a short while but this day I wasn’t as good in form like the other days.
So I’ve decided to take a room instead of a night in the tent and did so on the Agriturismo – they’ve got both and everything as perfect maintained.
Agriturismo Montibeller in Roncegno Terme
Cycling day 9/29 km ~ From Grado to Bassano del Grappa
So after a relaxing day I’ve started again from my first big stop in Grado to Cermignano to hop on the train to Bassano del Grappa. This was to spare some time as it would have been 225 km to go.
On the cyclepath I’ve followed today – the EuroVelo 8 – you can cycle from Athens to Gibraltar – unbelievable. So this trip was made by Andrew P. Sykes, a teacher from London and he wrote a book about this journey.
Along the med on a bike called reggie
So on my way to the trainstation I passed by Aquileia which was great again.
So starting in Grado I’ve had a wonderful weather. At the station I’ve a met a german cyclist couple on their way back home. So we arrived at Venezia-Mestre where I’ve had to change the train – and it was raining like cats and dogs, also with thunderstorms.
It changed a little bit and in Bassano del Grappa there were only clouds. So I’ve managed to reach the campingsite, built up my tent – and than it started to rain 😂
At this site is situated next to a perfect paragliding spot and it’s well-known in Europe for the good conditions.
I met some paragliders and we went into the restaurant next to the campingsite. It was again raining like cats and dogs with thunderstorms – unbelievable! So my small tent did a really good job!
Cycling day 8/55 km ~ From Udine to Grado
This morning was a comfortable one – staying up late and enjoy to have breakfast with new friends. After saying goodbye I left the town of Udine and cycled on small roads to my next highlight – Palmanova.
This city designed by Leonardo da Vinci with its walls formed like a star was definitely worth a closer look. I also met a couple from Germany who did the same cyclepath like me – the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg (CAAR). Many people cycling along this path – but only a few do it self-organized as you can see the panniers of famous companies on many bikes…
On the main place you can find some exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci – as I’ve seen some of them already in his birthplace two years ago on my way to Rome.
From Bavaria to Rome (2016)
The next highlight was the city of Aquileia with the biggest mosaic in the western world – about 700 s.m. A very special experience to enter the cathedral with these mosaics – especially if you have a closer look to the meanings which are explained in a flyer you get in the entrance.
The whole town is covered with excavations where you experience the roman life. At this day we had about 30 C so I had a closer look also to the Gelateria 😁
Now I had to cycle the last kilometers to my first big stop – the Adriatic Sea!
After more than 450 km I’ve reached finally the sea and it was great to have finished the first part of my trip of 2018!
I found also a very cosy campingsite with a nice restaurant – and met many cyclists who experienced the same cyclepath like me – what a great day!
Cycling day 7/55 km ~ From Gemona to Udine
The night was windy – and so my tent was dry, breakfast was easy in the sun with a view to the mountains. I bought new biking sunglasses which you definitely need in Italy in the summer – and the guy from the bikeshop had a look at my recumbent-bike…
So having made the daily shopping and got new glasses I followed the track – now I was on the EuroVelo 8, which brings you from London down to Brindisi – unbelievable!
Exit the valley in the open country it’s great what the builders of the cyclepath made – as you leave the crowded roads and enter a nature park which was incredible! Along a river, through woods and lonesome fields – absolutely fantastic.
So I reached the wonderful town of Udine and cycled to my hosts which I found on couchsurfing.com.
It was great to join an italian family as you have the opportunity to get to know the real life of the people living in the country you visit. In the evening some friends came around, we had a wonderful dinner and chatted about the journeys, the daily life and where to go on the next holidays – and all in an mixture of my low-level italian language skills mixed with english! What a fantastic experience!