This post will cover my way from Rieti, in the North of Rome, to Arles in the South of France.
After two days of rain in the Apennin mountsins, I continued east.
Riding the old Italian salt road, the mountains are not that high.
Finally, I made it to the Adriatic Sea.
I needed to cross Italy as I wanted to visit San Marino, the second new country on this journey.
Again, it was raining a lot towards this litte country, that is completely surrounded by Italy.
Always welcome on rainy episodes, the destination is located on a hill.
Next stop was Firenze, where I visited a good friend, Chistine. She runs a nice B&B "Il Mulo".
We spent two great days, I relaxed and saw a little of Firence.
I had chosen the way though the hilly backcountry to get to Genua. Even so, this did meant more climing, I like the ride like that.
Though the route of the Giro d'Italia
I made my way to France.
I did a quick lap at the Formula 1 Grand Prix track in 10:42.
The Côte d'Azur is beautiful, I made my way quite quick (with tons of tailwind :) through Cannes, Nice and Marseille (the latter I liked the most).
Now, I am in Arles, which yesterday was sunny,
but today convinced me with bad weather for a restday.