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... is WONDERMAN with his driving – no kidding. I should add here that the longer we have been here – especially in the South – the more we are hearing about dissatisfied Italian – angry with the government and the economy. Young people can’t find work and locals say they need a couple of Mussolini’s to get Italy organized. There you go! Not that the people aren’t nice to us, but ...
It was great to wake to blue skies this morning. The road from Matera south was tremendous for 46 kilometers to Metaponto at the sea. Then the problem. We had thought we would continue south along the coast through Calabria to the toe of the boot, but the coast road turned out to be a restricted access highway with no bikes allowed. We did the obvious thing, we went into the only store and had the helpful shopkeeper make us delicious ...
... a huge tailwind. We averaged over 30 kilometers per hour to our destination of Matera. Life is good.
Matera is literally carved from limestone bedrock. Our hotel room, as much of historic Matera, is a manmade grotto in the cliff wall.
Tomorrow we head back to the coast.
... one seafood and one meat, thinking that we would sort out whatever else we needed after we finished them off.... But when they showed up we couldn't believe what we were being fed! Squid, cuttlefish, octopus, prawns, fish, smoked salmon, ham, proscuitto, salami and more! We did the best we could to finish it and were well and truly full by the time we were done! We couldn't even fit dessert in, so we headed back to get a good nights rest before another day of ...
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
- Jack Kerouac
Leaving Casa Ercole is not easy, mostly because it takes Italians a good 30 minutes to say arrivederci. But leave Chad and I finally did after a week of bliss, ...