We had a very comfortable night at Gonessa and an excellent breakfast. We had an undulating 15km ride to Portocuso and we timed our departure to catch the 10:30 ferry from Portoscuso to Calaforte which is on the small. Island of San Pietro about 10 kilometres offshore.
It was a large ship with some commercial traffic.
The day started with a freewheel through the streets of Arbus before settling onto the SS-126 as we headed back towards the coast.
The route began to undulate, but the view of Mt Linas 1236m was a good distraction. There was a significant grunt up to Passo Bidderi at 492m before a wonderful long descent.
Climbing up to Passo Bidderi
We then followed a quiet lane to the coast at Portixeddu. The coast from here to Saint Antioco is marvellous. High cliffs alternate with white beaches with that Mediterranean clear blue water.
Mt Arcuentu (Library Image)
We spent the night at Cabras just north of Oristano and at the start of day 2 we were driven to Arborea which is a small town south of Oristano. This was to avoid an uninteresting urban area. We were dropped off with our bikes and our luggage was transferred to our next Hotel. I’m liking this holiday.
The ride began on flat reclaimed marsh land given over to agriculture. Rice, soft fruit and vegetables are the main crops and we passed several large dairy herds on the Arborea plain.
To escape the cold, wet British winter my daughter, Kathryn, and I flew to Cagliari in South West Sardinia for a week of gentle cycle touring.
To make life easier we booked this through a Scottish company called Hooked on Cycling who in turn use a Sardinian company Dolcevita to handle the local logistics.