3º Day: Lucca – La Spezia – Cinque Terre
Status of Departure:
Time: 09.30 A.M.
Weather: Sunny, a bit wet and cold
A good night (sleep) can really change your day, and sleeping at friends is something that makes the travel even more pleasant…!
2 days of cycling were enough to put my legs in fit. I don’t feel pain anymore and it feels like they are stronger.
Well, we took a small, and in the beginning, steep road to the sea. In half and hour we reached the top, just to go down again (like a rollercoaster) heheh…but this time we had a spectacular view of the sea!
At about 11 A.M. we arrived at a small coastal city called Viareggio, which has lots luxury boutiques and kilometers of beaches. Then, we took a cycle path that runs in parallel with the sea. The cycle path was surrounded by hotels (thousands of them), fashion stores (yeah!, and also other types of store just 50m from the salt water!). It was a nice place to be, as the path was straight all the way for 30km or something, amazing eh?!
At noon a stop for lunch, but only for eating…no resting time, as it was too hot for that…So, we went straight again and again…It’s impressive how much time we spent going straight, without a single turn! We passed by a big seaport, and then we took a small but peaceful road to La Spezia.
Before speaking about La Spezia, I must comment about the road that led us there…Well, it’s not only a road…It’s also a place for pleasure, with breathtaking landscapes and charming fishermen villages on the cliffs!
Well, continuing…We arrived at La Spezia at 3 P.M. more or less, and we’ve lost a long time looking for our “Survival Kit Store” (The city as quite big and confusing), caused by lost of turns, stoplights, traffic and without any knowledge of the city…
At 5 P.M. we departed from there, after having a break for eating (in peaceful and silent park, which felt like a bless, because La Spezia is a noisy and dirty city!). This time heading to Cinque Terre (it means Five Lands). WOW! Every meter of the road which cross this place is a dream…I cannot describe the view with words!
After like 15km (sometimes very hard, as the road had some steep parts) going slowly to enjoy every piece of the stunnig scenario, and stopping many times for pictures, we found a place to sleep in a vineyard just beside the road…Well, we had to work hard to reach the upper part of the vineyard, as it was in a steep terrain…It felt like climbing a mountain! The place we found to sleep in was very limited in space, and it was meters from the precipice, so we had to be careful when moving around…otherwise we could fall into the abyss and then end of trip…we hide our bikes behind the bushes to keep them out of sight.
You might spend lots of money to go to a beautiful place, and yet you will not have the indescribable feeling that we had…We slept on the grass, just above the vineyard and below the woods (yeah, there was like a forest above our heads…uphill), and with the big and blue Mediterrean Sea in front of us…What else could we wish for?
So, for today I have finished my post…Time to sleep, because tomorrow it’ll be even better…Actually I’m already excited about seeing the ocean on the morning light.