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We have decided to descend to the east and head north through the foothill of the Sibillini mountains to the town of Amandola. On our way across the Piano Grande in sparkling sunshine, we are pursued for a couple of hundred metres, very fast, by a slavering, snarling Maremma. These are the big Italian dogs who live with flocks of sheep to guard them. They look like very solidly built golden retrievers, but twice as big. The climb to the Forca ...
... around. Perhaps they are waiting for the right wind. After we have returned to the village many of them have taken off. The views along the track are magnificent. Wow! We drop into Locanda Senari down the vicolo from our digs for lunch under a gazebo. The zuppa lenticchie and farrotto della locanda are amazingly good. The lentil soup is dense and full of luscious Castelluccio lentils which are ...
... tornanti, but the steepness is less savage - a bit like the climb from Yarra Glen. Finally we emerge from the forest and after a few kms of more gentle climbing, breast the Passo Di Gualdo (1600m) with a view across the Pian Perduto (Lost Plain) towards the hilltop village of Castellucio with the Pian grande behind. We shelter in the tiny chapel to eat our lunch, but the fox who tried to open my panniers last year is nowhere to be seen. ...
... in front of hazards to protect the riders in last year's Giro. The bright colours are fading, and no doubt the plastic will degrade and spill the contents. As we descend into the valley we see beautiful mediaeval villages on the opposite slopes, notably Vallo Di Nera where I had had thoughts of us staying if the residue of the flu was causing us grief. In the event we feel good and decide to go on to Visso, rather than the alternative, Norcia. The ...
... frescoes are indeed magnificent, and have recently been restored so the colours look as vibrant as they would have been when they were applied. The museum also has some interesting exhibits of ancient wine making equipment - grape presses with levers and heavy weights, and with wooden worm threads. We take a different route home, and are pleased to reach our digs after about 53km of riding. We are pretty tired, but ...