Lucera to Rodi (93 kms)
We left Lucera at around 10am headed for Rodi Garganico
and the Gargano peninsula. After dropping down to the very straight
No.160 for a phenomenal wind assisted ride to San Severo (around 25km's in
35 minutes - not bad considering we'd just got up! ;-)
San Severo was a busy bustling town, market stalls on the
street, and what seemed like hundreds of greengrocers. We stopped
and bought some oranges in one shop and the locals were very curious about
us, the tandem, where we going etc etc. Lovely friendly people.
We left San Severo and headed for Apricena (another fast
wind-assisted ride, where we surprised the driver of one of those 3
wheeler all purpose vehicles that abound in Italy when we overtook him).
We stopped at Apricena for a coffee and again, the locals were very
interested in where we were going etc. Apricena is a nice looking
town. The owner advised us to to take the coastal (flatter) route,
but we declined and carried on to San Nicandro. It was an easy
climb, but seemed strange that when we reached the very top, we crossed a
We bought panninis at San Nicandro and ate them there
before setting off on a long wind assisted descent to the coast at Torre
Milleto. From here, we followed the coast road to Rodi. A
long, flat, straight road, again wind-assisted which meant that our speed
didn't drop below 25mph and was frequently above. A very easy ride,
and although the road was very quiet, it wasn't as picturesque as we hoped
it would be . We'd hoped to have good sea views, but there's a strip
of not very interesting woodland which runs along between the sea and the
We arrived at Rodi at around 4pm and booked in to the
Hotel Americana (50 euros).
This had been a nice easy day after yesterday but would
have been a very different ride with a headwind (long straight roads and
no cover). It had also been very hot today - the hottest yet.
We ate in the hotel and had an interesting chat with a
travelling salesman from Milan who sold dishwashers!