Italy
Provincia di Macerata

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  • Day209

    Porto Potenza Picena

    January 21, 2017 in Italy

    Continuing down the coast we came across Sirollo, a resort with a long sandy beach and easy parking. Pulling up, we took a stroll and even got to feel the warmth of the sun as it broke free from the clouds for 5 minutes. There was hardly anyone on the beach, but you got the feeling it would be packed in summer.

    Further south, we parked up at the free van park in Porto Potenza Picena. It had all the basic facilities plus toilets, a wood oven and electric hookup, for which it asked a voluntary contribution of €2 per day. A couple of tall palm trees grew on the strip of grass that separated it from the road and it was backed by a ploughed field that sloped upwards. The area seemed friendly and we decided to stay for a couple of nights.

    The beach was only 500 metres walk away and flanked by a raft of closed tourist orientated buildings. It was a blue flag beach but unfortunately, like many other coastal resorts we'd been through, there was a grey haze of pollution in the air. The beach itself was lovely but there was a lot of rubbish. At one point there was a localised area where the waves were black, possibly from a surface water outlet pipe whose contents had picked up particulates from the air. It made us think of how clear the water had been in Croatia, just the other side of the Adriatic. Still, it was interesting to see and good to stretch our legs.

    We had an indulgent day in the van the next day to celebrate Will's birthday. Pressies, relaxing and good food and drink were followed by watching the first film since we came away.

    One disadvantage of being on the road is that it is difficult to buy presents without the other person knowing about it! We rarely know where we are going to be able to find shops that sell things we want and can't order things on the internet as we aren't in any one place long enough to guarantee they will arrive.

    On our second morning we set about fitting the water expansion tank in an attempt to fix the problem with our water pump. Unfortunately the tight space under the bunk next to the main water tank made it impossible to install the new one and the length of pipe needed to make an airtight connection with the system. We decided we needed to get a new water pump after all and so set off to find a camper van shop.
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  • Day213

    As it had been 8 days since the heavy snow we thought it would be worth seeing if the roads were clear enough to drive the road from Sarnano to Ascoli Piceno. This main road skirted the border of the Sibillini Mountains National Park and was supposed to be very beautiful. As we climbed, the evidence of snow damage became more extreme. The weight of snown on corrugated iron barn roofs had caused the timber frames of about half a dozen to collapse. Not only large branches had broken from trees but trunks had snapped and an electric pilon had fallen.

    Snow was piled up to 2m at the side of the road but the route itself was clear and the temperature safely above freezing so we carried on. In towns, people shovelled snow from their drives and JCB type diggers deposited huge piles into the back of trucks to be taken away.

    Despite the destruction, the hilly landscape was beautiful under its blanket of snow. The skies had cleared and we passed field upon field of virgin white snow, radiant in the sunshine. After a while we had our first glimpse of the Sibillini Mountains, their pointed peaks looking somewhat unreal but enchanting under their smooth snowy veil.

    Upon arriving in Sarnano were relieved to see there had been space cleared in the car park for vans. All eight or so caravans and motorhomes there hadn't moved since the snow fell and probably belonged to locals.

    On our way to get a slice of pizza in town, we saw the army had been deployed with snow shovels to clear the streets alongside civic employees. The shopping area seemed to be returning to everyday activities. However, we climbed up to the mainly residential old town and although the cobbles peaked through small snow-free passages between houses, it seemed like a ghost town. We needed to be careful to avoid snowfall from the angled roofs, as the bottom layer melted, causing large chunks to slide off the side. There was even a section of concrete, complete with a topping of clay tiles that had fallen.

    Overnight the temperature dropped. Slicks of water from the melted snow transformed into treacherous black ice. We thought we might drive on early in the morning but given the conditions, were more than happy to see signs of a market taking place just up the hill from us. Unlike many Italian street markets we've encountered, this one had a big focus on food, with only one clothes stall and one shoe stall in sight. The array of cheese truckles, cured meats, fish, seafood, fruit and veg was mouthwatering and locals had come out in force, bustling between the traders to get the best deals.

    By the time we'd stocked up, the sun had melted the ice and we were raring to see what views our drive along the eastern perimeter of the Sibillini Mountains National Park had in store.
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  • Day61

    Crossing the Apennines

    September 29, 2016 in Italy

    After a little hesitation about heading into the mountains we found one of the quietest and most spectacular roads of our journey. Not only was the road up a nice constant gradient, but the new dual carriageway half a mile away meant no one was on it. We then had 25 miles of blissful and mostly uninterrupted downhill!! A brief inner tube change was all that we paused for. (And a caprese salad for lunch!) One of the best days yet.Read more

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