The Roman town of Molfetta is a charming place with a population of 60,000. After a cheap meal and a good night’s rest we where once again up early for an Italian breakfast (coffee & croissants) and a quick dash to get La Gazzette. As we set off there was a hint of rain in the air, however that was quickly replaced by cloudy sunshine. The whole route contoured the Adriatic Sea will some amazing views, unfortunately this was slightly offset by the chaos of beeping horns and chugging vehicles of several small towns, especially Trani and Barletta.
Once out into the countryside, the roads became quieter and the peace was a much needed tonic, unfortunately for Mick he was overwhelmed with midges or like but his resolve was still firmly in place.
The sun had now awoken from its slumber and was bearing down on the tarmac, while the second half features real ascents and undulating stretches. We climbed up Monte Sant’Angelo and then experienced the Gargano coast with several climbs and descents. We then negotiated Vieste, before reaching the finish in Peschici on the top of the steep, short climb which was included in the 2000 and 2007 stages.
Peschici is a small quiet town of 4,000 from the 10th century. The centre was bustling with people and as expected cars. Commotion could be heard in a small square which upon further inspection was a mass of workmen frantically constructing a temporary stage in obvious preparation for the arrival of the Giro some days later.
The ride today had visually taken its toll on a Mick, his positivity was initially dented but slowly reinstated as he retold one of his one liners!
Roll on day nine and the Blockhaus