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Creeping away silently from what felt like home in Lipari was our aim - at 6.15am we didn't want to wake our hosts and their neighbours. But suitcases can't be wheeled quietly, and our downhill walk in the dark, fresh morning air delivered us far earlier than required at the wharf. It was a wonderful sight, looking across the water to the eastern sky as the hint of light slowly but steadily grew, and swirls of orange and pink painted the sky above the horizon. A few fishing boats, ...
... believe it or not, never even had to add air. We carried our pumps for nothing!
We we also want to thank all of you for coming along virtually. Your prayers and comments, both encouraging and humorous, made it feel like we had company throughout.
Lastly, we want to our good Lord for preserving and protecting us on this adventure.
Thank you all.
Now we are coming home.
Today was our last day of pedaling. We finished strong covering 108 kilometers which was our biggest day of the trip. We started from Otranto and rode up along the coast and through the olive groves nearly to Brindisi then turned inland, and back south, toward our destination of Lecce.
I have included a picture of a ...
... palace with just nine rooms and is located inside the old fortified citadel. We finished the day with a wonderful seafood dinner.
But our return to Otranto brings other more somber reflections. Otranto is also home to a vast cathedral, consecrated in 1088, which houses a memorial to 813 Christian men beheaded by the ...
... on tandems. We also hiked up a long set of dual stone steps to the lighthouse and the Basilica of Santa Maria where we attended evening mass; the church was extremely well maintained even if the service in Italian was not that easy to understand. We finished the day with more seafood and a welcome rest at a B&B on the ocean. Thanks for coming along. Pictures of the day attached.