Soave to Trieste
We wake up more and more early. It seems we feel the intensive time of nature, start to enter the flow of universe. You can recognize it in some rare moments, for example when embraced by big mountains or when challenged by a particular situation. It seems guiding our choices through under covered readable signs from planet earth.
We might wake up more and more early, also because we are free campers and this means to make a piece of ground yours, transform it into a home for one night and leave in the early morning to respect the people who might need it over the day.
There´s something good and at the same time uncomfortable about the morning. After cycling without break for some days the sleep seems not enough to regenerate the body, eyes are lazy to daylight and muscles still contracted. The soul is excited and the mind is focused on being active, having breakfast and starting a new fullfilling cycling day. At least this is how I generally feel the morning because Jannik is always super dynamic and fast, but also feeling some pain here and there.
The day we left Soave we had this feeling of something great coming. Leaving the city of wine to reach the city of classical renaissance is a good cultural step. The city of Vicenza, with 100.000 inhabitants, is the regional county seat of Veneto area (where Venice is also located). It's interesting to visit the area because of art, agriculture and great natural landscapes. Vicenza is the place where my family has its origins, there´s many little roads with old houses and open squares opening your eyes on the artistic buildings of Andrea Palladio. A quiet nice place where to discover a piece of Italian art puzzle.
Capture of the Palladian Basilica
Flowed with the bikes on the Aida way to Padova, the two of us stop in the center of the city, relax and head on our way to Venice.
It's a nice way full of different landscape views, the only bad thing was to discover how much polluted is the north of Italy and to see that some areas of Magenta, a city near Venice, transformed in a kind of ghetto. There is a lot of social disease, many people look unsatisfied. By the way, the roads are very organized and everywhere are signs for the cycling way.
There´s a long car bridge leading from the land to Venice. It seems an infinite way and an infinite sunset, while the air is thick, hard to breath and the sky looks beautiful but unnatural. Last time we crossed Venice it was with the sunrise. We came back with a ferry from Patras to reach Milan, whereas mentioned in `Ready, Go!´ we had a longer break. It is interesting how family situations can bring people back to their hometown. If it wouldn't be for this, many travelers would probably never stop exploring the world. Like Heinz Stücke, who was for some time the most travelled man in the world and never came back home until he saw all the world on his bicycle. Admirable and sad at the same time.
The night atmosphere after a sunset is something great, as much as the morning. We catch a ferry tour of Venice and enjoy the romantic vibe flying above the city.
San Marco square in the background
Since is not allowed to enter Venice with the bikes, Jannik and me decide to explore the natural coast of Jesolo, where the sea is amazing. Punta Sabbioni is a little village where the people really care about cleaning. The roads are almost shining and there´s no massive tourism. That´s a place to take some time to regenerate the body, through sea water and sunshine.
One of the signs that reminds you of being in the right flow of universe is exactly your body communication. The skin can become magically clean when you live at the seaside and your mucus production might reduce. Nature itself has all the receipts to make humans live good, it's up to them to do the best to get healthy. Nature, environment and choices define life.
Huge flames in the night
To Trieste, the last big city of east Italy, you can arrive with the Eurovelo I3 and from San Michele al tagliamento take the walking way of Google Maps. On the way there´s a special place called river Isonzo. It looks almost like a tropical paradise, wich in the past was considered as a sacred place dedicated to the european populations. I guess many many people bathed inside because it really feels like the water purify everything. The water is also almost as cold as the ocean in the winter and bathing inside is a challenging experience to excercise your mind. Jannik and me practise a breathing technique to put ourselves consciously inside the river. He teach me the way to breath. We slowly walk to the water and once inside the feet start to burn and hurt, like it´s totally wrong what we are doing. After some minutes I can feel my body accepted the cold and after swimming I have much less fear of cold. It works! The mind is super powerful and let you understand that you can do what you want if you really want it.
A quick and interesting tour of Trieste and we cannot wait to cross the border between Italy and Slovenia. Our curiosity is very near to take over our minds, but we keep on being patient and enjoy what we have in front of us.
Just some mountains to cross and we achieve a new country, that will lead us to new nice adventures.
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