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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we continued west to Termes di Saturnia, but did not visit as the smell of the sulphur from the road was enough for us. We did have to stop at an ATM to get cash since the unattended gas pumps sometimes will not take a chip card.


    [​IMG]FILE2095 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2122 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Then we went north again to visit the Abbey at San Galgano.


    “The Abbey of Saint Galgano was a Cistercian Monastery found in the valley of the river Merse between the towns of Chiusdino and Monticiano, in Tuscany. Presently, the roofless walls of the Gothic style 13th-century Abbey church still stand. Nearby are the chapel or Eremo or Rotonda di Montesiepi (1185), the tomb of Saint Galgano and the purported site of his death in 1181, the sword said to have been planted in the ground by Galgano and a chapel with frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.”


    [​IMG]Roberto Villa-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Roberto Villa-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Roberto Villa-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now it was 530 and we had a 2 1/2 hour drive to Livorno. We were a bit frustrated as we had searched for a hotel and found only a very sketch one and finally found a Mc Donalds in Cecina , but their wifi was not working. We had had enough by just after 7 and found a hotel on the side of the road, with a nice view of the nuclear power plant! No really. Our hotel did have wifi briefly, but currently the internet is “off”. Frustrating when you are trying to get some work done.

    [​IMG]FILE2124 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2150 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    So we are just 35 km from the port and we managed to find some small roads to get us there. We got gas and food for a picnic on the ferry.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 21.54.55 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2180 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2186 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We were told to follow the signs on the very circuitous route thru town to the port, but arrived in plenty of time. The boat was loaded by 1 for the 2 pm departure.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 22.00.39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2212 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2215 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]FILE2240 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Corsica-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Corsica-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We disembarked at 715 and so our plan to ride a bit was kiboshed by the time and the weather. We had a 23 km ride from the port of Bastia to the seaside town of Saint Florent, but this was over a high pass and took 45 minutes.

    [​IMG]FILE2298 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2305 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 22.02.55 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The fog hampered visibility to the point I could not even see Daniel in front of me and this was over steep hairpin switchbacks. It was extremely windy as well making for a stressful half hour.

    [​IMG]FILE2332 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2343 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    On the other side of the pass the weather was still very windy, but much better. Arriving at the hotel we found a dozen other bike already parked there.


    [​IMG]FILE2347 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2355 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We did a small tour of the sea side and had cheese and crackers for dinner since we could not stomach another bad and expensive tourist meal in the local restaurants.

    [​IMG]Corsica-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The forecast was for rainy weather, but it was downgraded to occasional thunder showers in spots, but we got up to a cloudy but dry day. Step one was to head back over the pass(still foggy but better) to Bastia since we wanted to ride around the Cap Corsica (the northern peninsula), but counter clock-wise so as to be on the sea side lane while riding.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 22.11.38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 22.12.23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Everyone all set to go in different directions.

    [​IMG]Corsica-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was nice leaving Saint Florent, but of course the pass was a white out, but not nearly as bad as the previous evening for fog or the howling wind.

    [​IMG]FILE2380 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2390 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Headed up the east coast of the Cape!

    [​IMG]FILE2393 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2401 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2416 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2430 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Corsica-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Corsica-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]FILE2445 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to Lile-Rousse just before the torrents of rain started! It did not last too long.

    [​IMG]Corsica by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The forecast is still sketchy, but despite that we woke to sunshine again.

    [​IMG]Corsica-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    After a brief stop for gas and then at a bakery of coffee and a croissant we were excited to see the wild west coast of Corsica. We planned a 255 km route to stick as much as possible along the shore to Propriano.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 19.22.57 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sometimes there were some obstacles on the road!

    [​IMG]FILE2852 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE2855 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Stopped for the selfie of the day!

    [​IMG]Corsica-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5892 (1) by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The small hotel on the private beach was right in the town. It was sunny for a short time and Daniel took a plunge in the frigid water.

    [​IMG]Corsica-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Corsica by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Thanks for the Corsica pics! it was worth the wait :thumb
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The photos of Corsica do not do it justice! The riding here is really spectacular!
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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Todays forecast is for rain at times, but we were again mostly lucky. The plan was to take some of the mountain roads in the south of the island and then head for the 5 pm ferry to Sardinia.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 18.32.32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We started out on a small paved road that then was not paved and fairly rain damaged. This was ok on the street tires, but it soon became a dirt bike no pannier road and we had to turn around. Sorry no photos of the bad bit I was too busy driving forgot to turn on the camera!

    [​IMG]Bonifacio CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bonifacio CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bonifacio CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bonifacio CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Oh well we rerouted and found some great roads up over the mountains and thru sell villages hanging on the cliffs.

    [​IMG]Bonifacio CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Then we headed up onto the pass for some spectacular scenery and a cool 9 degrees.

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Corsica by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Corsica-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We did get caught in a short downpour on one of the passes, but the worst was when we were in the store getting groceries so we miss the bad part.


    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving at Bonifacio we saw the stunning fort on the hill, but decided to go to the ferry to see about tickets and come back to see the very cute town. The time was 255 and the 330 ferry was in the dock. The ticket guy said the 5 pm was likely full and we did not want to chance it. A bonus was this ferry line is 10 E cheaper per bike for the crossing than the Moby line listed online.

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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