Day 39: Taking it Easy on the Po August 8
Castelmassa to Polesella 32 miles
Breakfast at 6:30... Have to beat the heat! But the alarm clock didn't go off... Grrr... Even without the alarm we were fed and out the door by 7:15 with a guide!!! Our hotel person cycled with us back to the levee to make sure we got there alright. He was very nice and helpful. The clouds stayed in the sky longer this morning so even though it was incredibly humid the temp didn't get scorchingly hot only about 90 or so. Almost cool! We kept up a really good speed in the morning with no head wind averaging over 11mph which is kjnda incredible for us. The headwind kicked in about 10am and slowed us down but we still made good time. We stopped to resupply at the first larger village we saw, Stiente. Andrea went into the patisserie with lots of Italian ladies waiting in line. They wanted to know where we were going and where we were coming from and where me and my handsome husband were from... No English what-so-ever but I totally understood "handsome husband"... I love Italian ladies!!! We made it to our hotel after some back and forthing when google maps didn't put the hotel in the right place...We even had to ask directions at a Pizzeria! Oh dear... It was just up the way and on the left... There was a very cute and lovable kitty guarding the hotel... We really miss our cats. So we unpacked the bikes, stored them in the guest house (seriously... The bikes had a vintage juke box and our room smelled of stale cigarettes)... Such is life. We did our normal break down; washed clothes and relaxed in the AC. Napped through the hottest part of the day (12-5) and then we went to dinner next door to the hopping-est place in town... Who knew? We had seafood risotto and vino frissante (bubbly) that was out of this world! For dessert our very nice waitress recommended English soap and whipped Marscapone with Nutella. But no espresso for Andrea... Not at 9 o'clock at night. That would be a bad idea... There was a mosquito infestation for about 10 min at dinner that really ruined everyone's dinner for a bit. Every one was swatting and scratching and then it was over... Now we know why the restaurant had candles and incense burning, not just for ambiance on the outside porch. Off to bed for an early start again tomorrow to beat the heat. The days are getting easier as we head to Venice. The trip is wrapping up. Just a few more days and this adventure will be coming to an end... Not yet though!
The World is Ours!