Day 8 – Ferrara Ariano

BACK TO PEDALING

We woke up early and went to a nearby pasticceria to start the day with a cappuccino and pastries. From there we left Ferrara through the Francolino (Via dei Calzolai) cycle path, all the way to the Argine. Once you get there, it’s a straight road to Ariano.

There are not many towns or villages to visit near the road (about 1-2 km from the road). However there is lots of morning traffic, mostly sports cyclists heading to the sea. We saw a bunch of groups, including a huge group of cyclists that almost crashed into us. By the way, if you ever hear people loudly whistling and shouting behind you, make sure you move aside as quickly as possible!

We stopped at Ariano to avoid doing a long day to Gorino. It was worth it, with a cool pool to dip in after a long day of cycling. The village is calm and there’s not much to do other than enjoy the gelati near the main square and rest your legs.

THE PERKS OF TRAVELLING BY BIKE

Humidity is increasing due to the fact we’re approaching the sea and you can see the birds are different.

These little changes give you the sensation of progress. You really can feel the difference from the dry plains of Lombardia to the humid fields of the Veneto, the regions and the people change. This is a sensation you probably wouldn’t feel traveling by any other means.

THOSE CRAZY TOURISTS

When we arrived, temperature was 43°C (around noon). Just like Nicola, the manager of the Ostello at Governolo, people have been telling us the same thing: “not the best weather to cycle, right?”. Crazy tourists!, is probably what they are actually thinking.

The heat and humidity are probably the cause that we haven’t met lots of fellow cyclotourists along the way since we left a week ago. According to the locals, the best time to cycle this route would be around May-June or September

IN A NUTSHELL

  • Km cycled: 57
  • Liters of water drank per hour: 2
  • Liters of sweat produced per hour: 2

You can follow all the routes we followed on:
https://www.bikemap.net/en/routecollection/203682-cycling-the-po-valley/


This post is part of the Delta del Po 2017 series I wrote for the Vento blog.