Trani to Acquaviva delle Fonti (87 kms)
The hotel staff in Trani were very friendly and told us to
take food with us from the extensive selection they had at breakfast!
So, we loaded the panniers up with cheese, salami, oranges, bananas,
We had a bit of a struggle getting out of Trani and ended up
on the main road to Bisceglie. Perhaps because it was Sunday, it was
nice and quiet, so not that bad. From Biscegli we headed inland to
Ruvo di Puglia on long straight roads. The roads got a bit busier as
we neared Ruvo di Puglia and at this point it was absolutely scorchio.
After Ruvo di Puglia, a friendly cyclist (aren't we all? ;-)
put us on the right road for Palo delle Colle. The roads were a lot
quieter from here but we got lost again getting out of Palo delle Colle
when the signs disappeared. We wandered around aimlessly for a while,
until we came across a chap taking two of his young kids for a bike ride.
After trying to explain the road we should take, he took pity on us and told
us to follow him. So, we set off in convoy, headed for Bitetto (or at least
near enough so that we couldn't miss it!)
From Bitetto we headed up to Grumo Appula and Cassano delle
Murge. It was mucho scorchio now and thankfully it was an easy last
8km to Acquaviva delle Fonti, where we visited the main piazza for drinks
and ice creams.
We booked in to the Hotel Regge San Paulo just off the main
piazza. We had a lovely room on the top floor with a balcony on two
sides. We could see three bell towers from the balcony, and spent an
hour or so watching two hawks flying around upsetting the swallows which
were darting about. One was caught eventually and we saw the hawk
settle on a TV aerial and start to eat it.
So, feeling hungry ourselves, we headed out for a great meal
in a local ristorante (Bruschetta, Proscuitto e ananas, Risotto salmone,
followed by various meats - and a complementary grappa!).