1471 kms from Canterbury
603 kms to Rome
Garmin Record: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/233175153
Having said fond farewells to Jochen and Anke, I sit down to plan the day's ride. The first section is described as difficult to navigate with several river crossings to negotiate.
Hmmm not with my bike, so I rode the tar to Fidenza. A few kilometres out of Fidenza the vegetation and geography changes quite rapidly. The rice paddies and corn fields are a thing of the past. Now I'm cycling into the foothills of the Appenines. Back to forests and vineyards. Gone is the brown and in comes the lovely green. Also here comes steep uphills on gravelly farm tracks and thick grass where bikes have to be pushed. So that pretty much filled my time until I arrived in Fornovo and started the usual hunt for a place to stay. The Tourist office was closed, nobody answered my call at the local religios hostel so I went in search of a hotel.
On my way I saw a small hand painted sign saying B&B just up the road. I headed that way and now I'm being hosted in a lovely farmhouse by a couple who have signed up for what is being promoted as AgriTourism, farmers who let rooms and provide meals for tourists. I have a great room, the farmer and his wife are busy in the kitchen making me supper. This is going to be a memorable experience. What a great ending to a fairly strenuous day.
Here are pictures of Il Giardino del Gusto - the phone number is on the sign - call them if you're looking for a very special place to stay near Fornavo-di-Taro
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