Day 42 - Camping on the Sea Shore
We are up and off early from Icici for a ride down the spectacular Istrian coast. Breakfast is not available at the camping ground so we are on the lookout for a likely cafe. And we soon find it. We look down from the outside balcony at the quite stunning, unspoilt Adriatic coastline as we get to grips with big ham and cheese toasties washed down with black tea.
|Breakfast above the shore line|
It's a great road, winding along the coast for a while before climbing up into the hills up and over to the bustling town of Pula with its docks and Roman amphitheatre.
We stop in Pula at a Lidl store. We have been replenishing supplies in Lidl in every country we have visited on this tour. And every store is exactly the same in size and layout to the Lidl just a few hundred metres up the road from where we live in Wheatley Hills. The only difference is the prices, which seem to be about half of what we shell out in the UK.
From Pula we head back north up the west coast of the peninsula, sticking to roads that keep us in sight of the sea, looking for a likely camping ground.
We soon find it at Camping Colone. May sound a bit arsey but it's a cracking spot. Camping places are strung along a 2 or 3 kilometre stretch of rocky coastline, with convenient restaurants and showers etc every few hundred metres.
It's time for a couple of days of R&R at the beach. On Saturday we will be back at wonderful Gasthof Hochalmspitze in Austria to meet up with legendary Ducatista, Clivio Reavio, who will join us for the last two weeks of this tour and teach us a thing or two about how to ride the tournante.
|Camping by the sea|
So for now it's camping by the side of the gently lapping Adriatic Sea. North of us is the old port of Trieste and across the water is Venice. The sun is shining low over the glittering silver sea as we pitch camp. Then it's into the warm water for the first of many swims.
|The view from our tents|