Lido Alexander, CirellaMarch 22, 2017 in Italy
Reaching the SS18 coast road we left behind most of the steep, narrow, winding country roads and the awkward town streets that didn't have enough room for a van and car to pass. Although the SS18 was still difficult at times, there were a succession of viaducts and tunnels making driving easier and we were able to keep up a decent speed and make good progress.
We were glad of this because we didn't feel like hanging around, especially in the province of Catanzaro. A blue smog hung over the mountains and caused us to keep the air vents closed. Once again we saw prostitutes standing waiting for their next punter at the roadside, whoever they may be. We hadn't seen them in the previous province and we stopped seeing them when we passed into Consenza, although they still hung heavy on our minds. We kept thinking how much of it was down to politics and how the authorities allowed these women to be blatantly farmed for profit. Not only was it distressing for the prostitutes but it affected the way every woman walking on the road was viewed.
Our stopover, a grass and gravel campsite with direct access to a shingle beach offered some reprieve when we arrived just after 1pm. It was one of many, clustered on the flat plain between the mountains and the Tyrrhenian sea, where the ground didn't look stable enough to support the low rise apartment blocks lining the other side of the road. With the element of competition, it only charged a very reasonable €8 per night. The day was overcast so we were able to sit out comfortably and admire the ruined stone settlement and castle on top of an inland hill. A sprinkler kept the plants, including palm and eucalyptus trees, healthy and these in turn supported a variety of small birds, whose chirping added to the relaxing ambience. In late afternoon a fruit and veg van pulled in and we bought a few small punnets of strawberries for desert. We watched a glorious sun set over the sea through the palm trees and felt very lucky to be there.
After buying some bread buns from the delivery van that dropped by the next morning, we continued on our course. The tourist season is picking up now and this, combined with the fact we are heading north, may mean more on-site sellers.Read more