Up bright and early this morning, Sun shining not a cloud in the sky.
Last year we were unable to go to the Sibillini National Park because things didn’t work in our favour so this time it was one of those things that was on the top of the list, were trying to do all the things we never get round to doing and avoiding the ones we’ve done many times, Assisi, Pisa, etc…although there are some exceptions, Lucca is one…I’m sure there will be others.
Once the bike was loaded, route planned, cameras ready we set of, via Spoleto and on to Norcia on the edge of the Sibillini’s.
Great ride up from Spoleto to Norcia, the bit before was main roads but this section was nice a twisty, good road surface and views a plenty. I’ll take a moment to talk about the tracker I had fitted to the bike, the idea was that I could download the maps so I could post up the route, what a waste of time, I think it misses more than it picks up, utterly useless, not a happy chappy, I’ll stick the map up so at least you can see roughly where we were..
Anyway, Norcia, Famed for Tartufo & Cinghiale (truffles & wild boar) and also a meeting point for Sunday rideouts it seemed, bikes everywhere !
After fining somewhere to park we took a walk through town, the centre closed off to traffic, not sure this is all the time or just on Sundays, we had a look around for something to eat but not wanting a full restaurant experience we settled for the little bar (cafe) right next to where parked the bike, Pannini ordered along with coffee..
Back on the bike we carried on along the road towards Castelluccio, the roads getting more and more twisty as it climbed, the air now noticeably cooler, fantastic road, I can really see why this piece of road is so popular amongst bikers.
The small town of Castelluccio was closed off to cars as it seemed the bikes had taken over the town, quite a sight, carrying on along the final section of the plain the road slowly started to descend, then steeper with hairpin bend after hairpin bend, few cars around to slow the decent but at least this meant you could enjoy the scenery. I think I pretty much filled up a memory card on the Drift camera so should be interesting to see what I can put together when we go home.
Sat Nav throw a bit of a wobbly on the way back, had us going down the same road 3 times, Navigated back using the road signs, old school..
About 150 twisty miles today..