Today we get ferried in the bus across the busy port city of Taranto, where Italy experienced a Pearl Harbor-like blow to its navy in 1940, an engagement referred to as the Battle of Taranto.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
This first of several metric centuries provided a ride along the coast into a steady headwind, something that would be with us for the rest of the tour.
Taranto is a large container port, but is obviously home to a number of small fishing operations as well.
As you would expect when following the seacoast, we find evidence of long forgotten pirate haunts.
Christian had purchased a sack of oranges in Alberobello and shared some with the group. After being in the saddle for a few hours and then encountering the only climb of the day, it was a sweet treat to have found one in my pack. Salud, Christian!
Riding through a coastal town. Not a place I would have ever expected to be on a bike. But this works for me.
A nice ride into the mainland part of Gallipoli. Later, we would cross the bridge to the old town on the island and enjoy the sights of a working fishing town.
Highlight of the day
The orange. It has to be the orange.