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Approaching Udine

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!

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Discovering an outstanding valley

Cycling day 6/77 km ~ From Tarvisio to Gemona

Having left the wonderful hotel after breakfast I continued the former railway track from Tarvisio. A perfect cyclepath with new bitumen let you run without trouble till…heavy clouds came up and I thought how long could I wait to put my rainclothes on – it took about 5 minutes and I just maneged to protect my backpack and the trailer. After a while I reached a small town with a café and all the cyclists gathered around there – even the motorcyclists…

After this break I continued in the rain – but shortly afterwards it stopped and the sun came out. So a good moment to make lunch and dry my stuff 😁

I followed the track again and the valley opened to the south – with a bright sunshine 😀

In 1976 in this area called Friaul there were some earthquakes who destroyed so many ancient buildings – but they are all rebuilt again – great work!

Finally I arrived at the campingsite near Gemona, built up my tent, cooked a meal – and heavy rainshowers including thunderstorm came down. I searched for shelter in the restaurant of the campingsite and met a couple with their small son – so we talked till 11 pm – and I wasn’t motivated to write a post for this blog.