Sardinia – Day 4

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.

Today's destination

Today’s destination

It was a large ship with some commercial traffic.

Waiting for the ferry at Portocuso

Waiting for the ferry at Portocuso

Loading. (Good to see that George Michael has found a day job)

Loading. (Good to see that George Michael has found a day job)

Leaving Portocuso

Leaving Portocuso

The crossing was smooth and I was really looking forward to exploring the Island. I like islands. Calaforte has an interesting history. It was virtually uninhabited until 1740 when it was offered to a community of Genoan fishermen fleeing from Tunisia. For this reason the accents, food and customs of the locals are more similar to Genoa than to Sardinia.

As we cycled away from the ferry there was a loud clunk from Kathryn’s bike. Her chain had broken.

Broken chain

Broken chain

Dolcevita had not supplied us with a magic link or other means of fixing a chain so we couldn’t continue. We boarded the next ferry across to Saint Antioco where there was a man who could fix it at Calasetta.

Off to Calasetta to visit the repair man

Off to Calasetta to visit the repair man

It was 4pm by the time the bike was fixed so it wasn’t the best day of cycle touring ever.

Repairs underway

Repairs underway

With the Grizzly and the Weymouth Half Marathon coming up soon, I took myself off for a run to the south of Sant’Antioco at Capo Sperone. It was a beautiful warm evening and a lovely 22k run along the coast.

The evening was spent in a lovely restaurant where the owners cooked us a special vegetarian meal . So the day ended very well.

Supper time

Supper time

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