After Venice I went to see another strange Italian thing, the tower of Pisa. And yep it is still at an angle and nope it did not drop down yet. But to get there I decided to take the highway up until Bologna and then take some small roads until Pisa. But once near Bologna I was so cold I stopped at a gasstation to fill up and put on some more clothes. I changed my plan and followed the highway until Pisa instead. And I am glad I did because although the temperature was still above 0 there was again a lot of snow. The roads where clean but it made me feel very uncertain. If I would have taken the small roads though I guess the roads would not be cleaned and I surely would had to turn around. It is funny how this things sometimes work out. It was a nice scenery though. The sky was clear and there was sunshine. No pictures though. The last time I stopped in snowy conditions one pannier broke off. So this time I did not stop.
Once in Pisa I took this pic of all the clothes I was wearing:
My finger tips are still painful due to the cold of that day.
The hotel was only about a 100 meters away from the famous tower.
I really am late for everything. OK the tower was still there but the city was really dead. The only place I could find were you could sit outside was one of those famous laughing clown places. So I had me a Coke and enjoyed the last rays of sunshine. It was even hard to find a restaurant that evening. The one I found was a bit disappointing though.
Pisa by night:
This morning it was raining and there was a lot of wind but at least it was warmer. I followed the coast road to Nice. Near the France border the sky cleared and the temperature raised to 17 degrees. So Wolsly made it back to France….
If you take a close look at the picture you can see that there where a lot of tunnels this day. As everywhere they give them names. In Italy all Saints get there own tunnel but I think they run out of saints at one point as there was one tunnel called Saint Bernardus II or something. Once in Nice I checked in at the hotel and went out in search for Dafy Moto. This is a big chain of motorcycle shops in France and they have a big store here in Nice. I found a solution for my cold hands:
These are battery power heated gloves. They should make my last few km’s a lot more comfortable.
More to come soon…..