GIRO 01 – August 2008

A long trip I made in 2008 around northern Italy. I started from Rome and went all the way to the alps with this small 106, which at the end did 2900km in 10 days.

The Beast climbing the Stelvio Pass 13th August 2008

In 2008, I did the slave for a living. Well, the job wasn’t that bad, I worked on a computer all day, but I executed orders all the time, and I didn’t like that. So for me that was slavery. But I was lucky. Oh how lucky I was. I had priviledges. I could leave the job for 4 weeks each year and do whatever I wanted. But I couldn’t take these 4 weeks all at the same time. No no no, that’s too much. My owner unchained me for 2 weeks in summer, and 2 weeks in winter. So the plan was to use my summer temporary 2 week freedom days to do what I most like: To travel! Visit places I’ve never been before! So I planned some routes in Google Maps, put them in my gps and started my odyssey. This is what happened:
DAY 01 distance: 359 km total so far: 359 km
Roma – Rieti – Leonessa – Norcia – San Benedetto del Tronto – Sirolo
Rule number one was to avoid traffic. So I always used state highways (so called Strade Statali) They aren’t fast to travel, but I wasn’t in a hurry plus you avoid a lot of stress and get to see some beautiful places. I lost the pictures of the first day so I’ll describe what I saw. As soon as you leave the valleys (where we like to build our shit work and pollute) you start to relax. The traffic thins and you can finally see some nature. Although, it looks like nature, but if you look closely even in the countryside there’s the hand of man everywhere. The only exception where is still possible to see nature untouched by man are natural parks. So I tried to include as many of those in my route. As I expected all the section in Abruzzo was enjoyable but as soon as I leaved the mountains and arrived on the Adriatic coast, it was like hell. Too crowded. I can’t understand how people like that shit.

DAY 02 distance: 266 km total so far: 625 km
Sirolo – Apsa – Pennabilli – Ranchio – Rocca San Casciano
The only good spot I found was Sirolo. And that was because it had huge mountains on the coast, so the monkeys couldn’t ruin it yet.

View of the Adriatic coast – Sirolo (AN) – 11 August 2008

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