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... riding is alway interesting with peds, busses, cars and other bikes. The last section was on a fairly quiet coastal road. Our hotel tonight is just adjacent to the beach. We rode our bikes to dinner and were rewarded with a cornucopia of seafood dishes. Pictures from the day and of some of the seafood attached.
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.
... where the houses are circular
structures with conical roofs, built with local limestone and stacked
without mortar. The walls are very, very thick as the base has to
support this heavy limestone structure on top, good even temperatures
all year round. They are confined to this particular area.
Agriculture is huge in this southern part of Italy with cherries,
grapes, figs, pecans, almonds, walnuts ...
... conical-roof houses are all over this region, but this is the one most oriented to tourists with lots of gift shops. They even charge to go up to their roof top to have a view. So are free, but you walk through the gift shop. Good marketing strategy!
We would have liked to stay longer but we planned to visit a cave-dwelling village about an hour away ( for us it will take longer!)
Matera is in this ...