The day started with a blue sky, three Cappuccini and 3 Brioches.
Yesterday I wrote about obstacles and how I dealt with them.
Yesterday the rainy weather was the challenge. Today three flat tires, about 50 % dirt roads and constant headwinds.
I followed the bike path EV 8 but as I even saw last year that doesn’t mean to have an asphalted path.
But after an hour I knew in the moment that there was a flat tire at the rear wheel. Fortunately it was a nice place with the opportunity to have water in the irrigation channel to find the hole. After about 50 minutes it was well done and I continued the track.
But after a short while I was sure to have the next flat tire.
This time I decided to take a new tube because the former one already has got 5 patches.
And after another half an hour the new tube was definitely broken.
It dawned on me that there has to be a sharp piece hidden in the outer tyre.
So I dismantled the outer tyre too and surveyed it very intensive despite I checked that before too.
I found a small and sharp point in the inside of the outer tyre. Outside I saw a little hole and started to pull with the pocket knife and got a splinter of glass.
The apartment at Cremona I had booked for three nights. As early as on Saturday the weather app predicted rain on Monday too. This was a change in prediction.
Only for a few minutes I thought to postpone my departure to Tuesday.
Very soon I decided to cycle in the rain. My idea was to see how I can handle the rain. Also I wouldn’t be a wimp. And I wanted to get free and unimpressed by such obstacles.
I was well prepared to stay the rain. That doesn’t mean to stay dry because there are two types of getting wet. From outside and from sweating. My new rainwear, the fantastic pair of trousers and the gaiters kept me absolutely dry. But after half an hour I felt wet inside.
It was a bit a challenge to accept this wet and hot feeling. After an hour I was familiar with and I drove through the rain and was in a happy mood 🙂
It’s up to me to say to myself how poor I am. Or „singing in the rain“ 🙂
So I was glad for my decision.
There was only a moderate rainfall but the whole day long.
I mostly used roads because the bike path sometimes is a dirt road and after 3 days of rain these roads were muddy.
Only two times I went such muddy dirt tracks. This was really difficult and exhausting.
Living in a nice and absolutely silent flat in the second floor downtown Cremona I slept very well.
The bakery ten meter beside my door. I bought some pieces of these wonderfully tasty panini and one brioche with chocolate.
I prepared coffee at the apartment and enjoyed a delicious breakfast with cheese and bread and brioche.
Then I attended the violin museum showing the violin making at Cremona starting with Andrea Amati in the sixteenth century followed by Andrea Guarneri and Antonio Stradivari in the early eighteenth century.
At twelve am I was able to listen to a little concert on a 1669 violin made by Stradivari. It took place in the concert hall within the museum and was wonderful.
Next I climbed about 500 steps (110 meters) at the tower (called: Tarrazzo) next to the Cremona cathedral and enjoyed the overview although it was overcast and rainy.
Between this activities and until late evening I followed the reporting to Ibiza gate in Austria 😉
At the beginning of my trip today I checked the beeline from Mantua to Cremona on my LocusMap. 45 km. I added 30 % and thought I can do that easily.
I became courageous and thought to make a detour to Brescello on the south side of the Po to see the little village where Don Camillo and Peppone were produced in the fifties and sixties. A detour of approximately 10 km.
At the end I did 100 km without Don Camillo and I took a shortcut of about 10 km too.
Today I was on the bike eight and a half hours.
The ciclying was easy. No climbs but in the second half of the way I was the lucky guy again because of tailwinds. My high speed was 31 km/h LocusMap showed.
The landscape is plane as far the eye can see.
Always an eycatcher were the grain fields with the numerous red poppies 🙂
As the breakfast this morning wasn’t that sumptuous I felt hungry the whole day.
The temperature was fine so I could removing the primaloft jacket.
Writing this lines with an open window in my flat I hear the rain drum onto the roofs.
First on Monday the sun shall shine again. So I will stay at Cremona until then. That is a good timing because my upper legs muscles are very poor and need a reasonable pause.
Today I started at 12 am and drove about 5 hours and made 57 km.
It was an overcast day. Once I put on my whole rain clothes but put them of a few kilometers later because it didn’t start to rain and I felt hot and wet inside 😉 Finally there was no rain only some rain drops.
In difference to yesterday I faced headwinds all the time so I was very slowly also because my muscles were tired 😉
At Avio booking showed a nice little B&B with a Pizzeria close to it.
Although the weather was rainy windy and terribly cold I started at about half past eleven am.
At about three o’clock pm I arrived at Brenner pass and went for the first Italian espresso this tour 🙂
I dressed as warm as possible using the new kind of gaiters, rain trousers and the primaloft jacket with hood and the goretex cap over the hood and under the helmet. So I was well prepared for the downhill. Locus map measured 67 kmh highest speed. I’m not sure whether this was correct.
I took the road because the bike path is about twice as long with some ups and downs. There was less traffic so I was at sterzing within 15 minutes 😉
And decided to go to Brixen. Some heavy gusts made me be very careful. Again I took the road to franzensfeste then switched over to the bike path and arrived at bressanone at about six pm.
After a hot and long shower I felt ready for dinner 🙂