I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. I’d had about 9 hours sleep and I think that made a big difference. My breakfast was brought to my room by the lovely B&B owner and I was pleased to discover that I could eat fairly normally. I didn’t feel 100% but I managed to get a decent breakfast in me and this put me in a pretty good mood to start with. Despite a 7:30 breakfast and being feeling keen to get on the bike, I still didn’t manage to leave till 9. At which point the owner was nowhere to be seen. So Roberta, if you are somehow reading this – I left the money on the table – hopefully you don’t think I did a runner.
Anyway, once out, it was cold and pretty miserable again but the wind had changed direction for the better. This made a huge difference and pretty much meant today was a very good day. I’m finding it a bit weird how quickly my mood changes. Yesterday I was wondering why on Earth I was doing this trip, and today I was loving riding my bike. Just got to stay strong on the harder days I guess!
It didn’t bother me today but the scenery was still pretty boring; except for one town called Montagnana. I didn’t get any pictures I’m afraid, it was a bit cold to stop, but it was nice. If you’re really interested in knowing what it looked like, type it into google. It’s probably not quite worth a visit as there’s nothing else around there!
Other topics of the day: I’ve come to the conclusion that there are an obscene amount of roundabouts in Italy and I was wondering if they’d only recently been introduced? Partly because the novelty clearly hasn’t worn off – hence why the government is plonking them everywhere; but also because it’s quite clear that a large portion of the population hasn’t quite got to grips with the concept yet. Thankfully most of the drivers here are very good towards cyclists so I don’t have too much trouble but I’ve seen some pretty close calls between other cars.
I’m now staying in a converted monastery, but it’s dark outside now so once again, I’m sorry there’s no picture. Hopefully I’ll manage to eat a bit more tonight.
In summary: today was a good day, hopefully tomorrow will follow suit!
Distance: 96.60miles / 155.5km
Riding Time: 6:05:46
Av. Speed: 15.8mph / 25.5kph