Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Day 5 - Cycle Umag to Trieste in Italy - Three Countries, two tunnels, one fabulous pizza chef.

Our last kunar spent on excellent coffee and bad pastries we left sad umag, not a town we would take the time to visit again. 15km later we reached Slovenia, back in the EU, and were immediately welcomed by a well maintained cycle path. We followed this for most of the day visiting some beautiful towns in Porec, Piran, Koper, Izola and Muggia. 

Reuben's adventures detouring off the beaten path took us up some crazy cobbled alleyways, handlebars scraping the walls, and monster cobled climbs peaking at over 20% gradient. The last 15km saw us enter Italy where the nice cycle paths were gone but with the help of a crazy 70 yo local's hand gestures we made our way through one last traffic tunnel in the 'fun' peak hour traffic to our accommodation. Our first Lavendaria (laundramat) was clean and welcoming and Gino the most Italian looking Pizza chef in italy made us a fabulous feast.

I tried to strava today's ride. It's hard when you have to restart your phone every 30km to insert a new country's sim card.

The D-8 Cycle path in slovenia was a welcome surprise

Getting that sinking feeling in Piran as we hit yet another dead end.

The weather forecast was a bit dire. We saw nothing but a lovely 24 degrees.

Beach umbrellas for miles, Summer holliday season starts in Europe next week. 
We've timed this well.

Beer, mussels and a bib.

Wrong Way!

Freshly pumped up tires, I was missing that last 25psi.

Grabbing a vino in Trieste while our clothes are washing.

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