Backflip to Corsica
Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
37Trip End Oct 07, 2008
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On an island, you are constantly reminded that Mother Nature rules here. The elements are stronger and the signs of civilization more subtle. Corsica hosts many adventure travellers every day. I have met so many different groups "visiting" Corsica in their own way; from the 4WDers in snorkeler equipped Range Rovers, to the bands of motorbikers, to hitchhiking backpackers and of course all sorts and ranges of cycle-tourists. Then there is also the RVers and the normal cars, which blend into the background on Corsica.
Memorable moments on Corsica:
-A guy walks up to me as I'm breaking for lunch atop a pass to deliver a note
-Every day for the first three days, I was passed by the same groups of travellers multiple times a day. Sepcifically the German 4x4ers and the French bikers. They were taking so many breaks on the beaches and/or exploring the side roads so much that their linear progress was no faster than mine, 15km/h. But for me, it was great to see familiar faces and get the support honks and waves.
-I go into a roadside restaurant to fill up my water bottles, I come out to find the men of the French motorbiker group huddled around my bike, taking turns lifting it and looking at eachother in amazement.
-A car pulls over ahead of me on the side of the road, the wife gets out to take a picture of me as I pass by. Made me feel a little bit like the roadside cows all tourists take photos of, but flattering nonetheless.
-I decide to wait out the heavy rain at the gas station, yesterday. While having coffee at the bar, I get to talking with the bartender and I tell him a little bit about my trip. He says, "my girlfriend is so boring, you want a ride to Bastia?" Of course, I passed.
I'm off to Italy, where I ride around until I fly home, in two weeks!