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A Tough Day

Well, yesterday was a very tough day. The course had some hilly sections that were very hilly, and some flat sections. The flat sections should have been fast, but they were mainly into a stiff headwind.

I did reach the finish though, in time to see Paolini take a good win, with Evans coming home strongly for second. It was also good to see Peter Weening up with the front guys. And it was set right on the beach. So far so good.

Now I just needed to ride the transition, and make a start on today’s stage. Should be easy. But it wasn’t. I had planned to navigate between (and along, even) stages using my new garmin. As I think I have mentioned though, my garmin GPS has no maps in it. So it can’t actually plan a route for you.

I had been waiting and hoping that I would get the maps made for it, but it just didn’t happen. So I ended up planning routes at the last possible minute on my computer, and downloading them. Doing it at the last minute means I didn’t check them, and last night, as I followed the steepest possible route, I was regretting that. Not as much as 5 minutes later though, when it told me to turn right. There was just a paddock to my right. A very steep and overgrown one. Finally though I spotted a gate, and no visible track. That was clearly not an option. Happily I had my phone charged and Google maps was working, so I got it out and took a look. That is when o realised I was on the steepest possible route, and that from where I was I still had a long way to go (assuming I stuck to the roads of course). So I kept following the road I was on, because extreme off-road is really not an option.

I got to the start of today’s stage, but I was exhausted, and going further was also not an option. I stopped where I was, knowing that now I have a very long way to go today.

I will ride the stage, but I think I will end up taking public transport for the transition tonight, or else I will just fall too far behind.

On that note, time to ride. You can watch it here!

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Wild Weather and Spectacular Coastline

Well, yesterday turned out to be a great day. I had been a little disappointed to miss the TTT but I think I needed to. The trip down from Naples started off as terrible roads in a big city, but gradually opened out. I joined up with a bunch from Germany for a while, but as we got further south the view got better and better, and I lost them when I had to stop to take a photo. Yes, the ferry trip was productive, the camera charging is starting to work. The problem I have now is that everything is flat and I can still only charge one thing at a time. But it will all be good by tomorrow.

At Sorentto I hit today’s course. Again, there are short but steep hills. Lots of them. But the descents, on smooth roads above the Amalfi coast, are just magic.

As I rode along them though I noticed a storm headed my way. Since there is not even enough clear flat land on the Amalfi coast for a tent as big as mine, and I hate getting rained on, I made a beeline for the nearest hotel. Had a great view last night as the storm came over and raged. Very spectacular!

Oh, and the great bit about this hotel? They had a big scale. For those wondering (and I was) the bike with gear is 31kg.

This is short because unfortunately I didn’t get very far, so I need to get riding! Check out the ride here!

Cheers,
Rowan

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Day Two – Quick Spin Around an Island.

It was another good day at the Giro, although I didn’t actually see the race. Today’s stage was a team time trial (TTT) on the island of Ischia. Ischia is about an hour or two by ferry from Napoli, and is beautiful, not to mention fairly rugged.
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Finally, time to ride!

It is finally time for me to start riding the actual course, and not a minute too soon. After months of preparation, much of which fell through at the last minute, all that stood between me and the Giro on Thursday was one of the longest and most difficult train trips I have ever taken.
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I’ve Been Robbed!

Yes, already. I have to admit to being surprised, and even a little disappointed. Dozens of people told me to be very careful because I would surely be robbed in Italy, and I believed them because the first time I came here I was robbed, but I did hope it would at least take a day.
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