Day 18: Harnessing the Wind; From La Spezia to Pisa in Italy
May 17, 2012; Distance covered today: 83 Km; Total: 1259 Km
I woke up at 6:45 and packed up. We said goodbye to the family and cought the 8:37 am train to La Spezia because it was forbidden to cycle in that area. To ride out of La Spezia was very difficult and boring: lots of traffic, no shoulder and wind. But after we got out of the city, the wind turned on our side and the road got better.
My bike computer had stopped working. I thought it was run out of battery so I bought a battery for 4 Euros, but the problem was not solved. Then during our cappuccino break, I read the manual and fixed the problem. However, I had to reset the computer and I lost the distance I had recorded so far.
|My Last Drink with my Friend, Thomas|
Very soon at about 5, we arrived in Pisa. Thomas and I had our last break there and we said goodbye. From then on, we had to bike alone. After Thomas left, I went to the tourist center and got the map of the town. I checked a hostel, but I didn’t like it so I decided to go to the Pisa Tower and then go to check the campground nearby.
I felt a little different when I first laid eyes on the tower. It was like I always had seen its picture in the books. I was very excited.
When I was walking around the tower, a guy with a bicycle approached me and asked me if I liked the roads in Italy. And that was the beginning of a long conversation. He was a cyclist from Germany. He is planning of going to La Spezia tomorrow. He lead me to the campground. The staff who registered me in, Rosa, was Iranian. It was nice to see another Iranian. I made a huge dinner and I am going to sleep now.