- 02:5640.9 mi13.9 mph3,250 ft3,750 ft
65 kilometers and not even 1,000 vertical meters - that should be a piece of cake for our last day. The weather doesn't play along as we imagine, because it's cold, foggy and quite wet from the rain at night. Nevertheless we are lucky and never really get wet, the rain showers always pass us by.The first half of our tour takes us on a quiet road in the woods and hills above Prato. From there on, unfortunately, it becomes more urban and the traffic increases. We are happy that we can drive through the middle of the beautiful Tuscany landscape again on the last kilometers to Montorsoli in order to be able to end our family gravel adventure really nicely. The employees of the Accademia del Caffè Espresso of our sponsor La Marzocco are already waiting for us there.They recently opened a museum and technology center there, which is all about coffee and its preparation. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the Accademia and first enjoy a hot shower, followed by countless coffees to celebrate our way back to normal life in the comfort area.We are proud that our dad simply went on this adventure with us and dared to move completely out of his comfort zone. Spending time together as a family is the best memory and it showed us that even as an older semester you should never lose your spirit of adventure. Even if it is not possible for everyone to pedal 200 kilometers a day: It is up to everyone to live out their spirit of adventure, to go out and experience something! Thank you, Dad!
May 12, 2021
Hardly peeled out of the sleeping bag and already put the coffee on the Bialetti, that's how we start the day every morning. The breakfast routine is perfect and so Caro is busy every morning loading the Bialetti three times, boiling water for the strengthening porridge and thus providing us with the energy for the first kilometers of the day. Anita is always busy helping our dad to stow away his camping material so that we can leave. For him with practically zero camping experience, it is not that easy to reload the bags in such a way that a) everything fits in and b) you can also cycle. So the distribution of roles is changing and so you are now helping your dad, because he has already helped us all our lives ... ;-)Our first destination of the day is the city of Modena, where we first treat ourselves to a cappuccino and a delicious second breakfast. Since the weather has cooled down quite a bit and it is raining a bit, we are glad that we can take a break in a nice café there. After a few days of cycling, the body has switched to permanent burning anyway and so the memory has to be filled continuously.In Modena we are a bit overwhelmed with the navigation and lose a lot of time and nerves. We are happy that we can leave the city behind us and can continue our journey mostly on country roads. Towards the end of the day we still have to tackle a few meters of altitude and the steep climbs with luggage and tired legs are quite tough. However, the closer we get to Lake Suviana, the more we can motivate ourselves, because a refreshing, cold swim in the reservoir awaits us.Fortunately we have warm clothes with us because the temperatures are not exactly warm. Unfortunately, all campsites are still closed at the end of April and the popular rain at night makes our dad a bit restless in particular. On the shore along the lake there are various nice places where you could camp, but unfortunately we can't find anything that could offer us shelter in the rain. An empty house with a slightly roofed terrace gives us at least some shelter and the rain, which increases in the night, does not disturb us anymore. After all, it's only half a day's stage to our final destination, Florence ...
May 12, 2021
After the first night in our outdoor bivouac, we start the day after a good porridge and go straight back to the Adige Cycle Path. Time and again there are restaurants with well-equipped workshops along the way, where numerous cyclists cavort on the terraces. A cappuccino stop like this is always good!The landscape is slowly opening up and we are moving more and more away from the mountains of South Tyrol in the direction of Trentino and along Lake Garda. We enjoy the warm temperatures and make headway at a brisk cruising speed. We stop for lunch in the picturesque port city of Pesciera and treat ourselves to a take-away burger in the sun right on the lake in Corona fashion.We can still feel the last day in our legs and the last 50 kilometers to Santa Caterina stretch on the bumpy surface of the bike path. Once there, however, we find a great fountain in the village square, where we treat ourselves to a soothing shower in front of the astonished residents. We find our night camp not far from there at the edge of the forest, where we camp completely undisturbed.
May 11, 2021