80km of 3281 so far…
I still have trouble finding a bakery with croissants or something similar, so today’s breakfast was two big pieces of creamy pie with stuff full of calories in it. I think I’ve said it before, but food in big quantities is one of the pleasures of cycle touring and probable the main expense.
Once again I followed the costal road to the north east to go to Genova. Until midday I was going up and down the rocky hills by the sea side, but the effort was paid off by the outstanding scenery. The road at times was curved on the side of massive rocks and for most of the time I was cycling next to high cliffs.
My lunch stop was at Savona, which is an industrial city and it also has a big port for transporting goods. It also has an old fortress where I spend some time to wonder around and admire the view from the top.
This time I managed to get to my destination before 5pm, to ensure the tourist office would still be open. I wanted to stay in a hostel, as a camp site would probable have been outside the big city. When I asked where it is and how can I get there, they said I have to catch a bus, because it’s too hard on a bike. After my surprise of how hard can it be after cycling across the continent, I think I asked her way too many questions. She wrote the name of the street and the bus number, in which of course I couldn’t put my bike and she shut her window. Great! I forgot to mention Genova is by the sea, but the majority of the city is build on the hills around the port. Both times that I had to ask for directions, they told me to keep going up all the way and wished me good luck. It was indeed a very steep climb that lasted at least half an hour. I am surprised and happy that my knee didn’t complain about it. Genova is very densely build, even on the slopes of the hills, with small roads packed with cars and buses that can barely fit to turn. I decided to stay for two nights and get some rest before going above the mountains towards Milano, so I locked my bike in the hostel and bought a 24 hours bus ticket, so I don’t have to climb this road again.
I had a shower and did my massive laundry, before I went to the town center again for food hunting. I was very lucky to come across that bar that had a super offer for a drink and unlimited buffet which succesfully filled my stomach. 6 euros very well spend!