Ponte Carolei

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    • Day2

      Cosenza to Monopoli

      June 21, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      I posted the same info twice yesterday and can't delete it.
      Today I had a lazy start and walked around Cosenza and enjoyed it more than yesterday. If I had realised it was going to be so hot I would have set off earlier. I spent a lot of today's four and a half hours in 36c temperature. It even got 37c for a while. It gets really hot when you need to stop at traffic lights or in very slow traffic.
      Today I had my first twisty roads as I came down from the mountains near Pollino national park. I ignored the ridiculous so of limit of 20kph in bend and 30 on the straight and just went at my safe speed as everyone else does.
      My route took me via Taranto so I came along the coast for an hour or so.
      I'm now in Monopoli in a four star hotel with no room internet no working restaurant, no pool, poor air con. But it does have soap in the bathroom unlike yesterday's.
      Tomorrow no riding. I went for a walk and found the local swimming area so I will go.
      I'm just back from eating one of the best pizzas ever and it was only 5 euros.
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    • Day1

      Valletta Malta to Cosenza Italy

      June 20, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      My ferry sailed from Malta with just a few passengers at 9am and took three and a half hours to get to Agusta on the east coast of Sicily. I followed the coast to Messina in temperatures around 32c and took a second ferry of the day to Villa San Giovanni on the Italian mainland then headed inland towards Cosenza which is where I am now.
      It has a nice central walkway which is nice clean and busy. Maybe I'm spoilt by Malta but I found this place very run down and once off the main road it is full of graffiti and tired tenament buildings. The cathedral was ok in a plain sorry of way. My hotel is clean and the bike is in a private garage which is part of the hotel.
      Tomorrow's ride to Bari area in the East coast is easy.

      Having bought fuel in Malta for €1.10 per litre it came as a shock to pay 2.38 per litre in Italy
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