The first town on the cold and wet descent into Italy is Vinadio. A day off was called for. The campsite is next to a sizable fort and defendable wall that runs across the valley. Built in the 1800s to prevent armies advancing over the border and up the valley. With plenty of time on my hands the fort was good for a visit. Here is the age old question, what do you fill such an immense number of rooms and corridors with? In this case an elaborate multimedia art project, obviously at great expense. All being in Italian its message was somewhat lost on me but even if I could understand, I rarely find poetry very inspiring due to nature of the subject matter.
The lush green valley finishes near the city of Cuneo, a great place to buy some nibbles and have a break. From here maze, Kiwi fruit and grass grow on the heavily irrigated flatlands. The back roads roads are long straight and generally very quiet. Picked up a disused railway cycle route that made a great camp spot.
The routine is to make food and prep for the next day, then as dusk falls I pitch the tent. I’m generally packed and gone by 7am.
What is very surprising is the number of prostitutes so blatantly touting for business. Even is fairly rural locations, they are African and all rather scary. Being the innocent type I didn’t really notice, it was only when I stopped to check the GPS did a girl leap out the bushes shouting what sounded like “penny penny..”, I asked if she spoke English or French. “Blowjob”. Then penny dropped. I politely declined and moved on. Creepy.
The next showing of the shroud is an 2025, so not worth handing around for. Sunday is a good day to navigate into or out of a city as its very quiet on the roads. Once in the city centre its easy to tour on a bike as all sights are easily visited by bike. Of interest was the Moroccan area, where old ladies they were selling spiced flat breads. A large secondhand market has just finished and people were picking through the remaining unsold items. The campsite hosted a rock and roll concert which was exceptionally good and I chatted the a well traveled New Zealand couple who had purchased a motorhome in the UK and were on a seeming endless tour of Europe.