Published: June 8th 2012June 6th 2012
Vieste to Numana
29th May to 3rd June 2012
Tuesday 29th May 2012.
So we say farewell to the coast and head inland.
We stopped for lunch somewhere under the expressway in the shade by a river.
Then off again. The end of the trip was the same as the start – winding and hilly at start, mountains at the end.
We found the campsite ‘Panoramica’ – sort of open. They are getting ready for the summer holiday makers. We are in a parking bay for the chalets which is good as outside toilets and there is no one else around . They have 3 dogs – they are huge white sheep dogs, and almost as big as sheep. One has really taken to Gaye.
Some thunder around about 7pm so not sure how long we will stay.
Beautiful morning so onto scooter and into town. The markets are on like in other places we have been to. Then we find commercial tour operator but at the moment are only running tours on Saturday and Sunday.
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Delivery truck parked in one way street
We go to a park information centre where they have a museum of the park, and some injured and wild animals that can’t go back to the wild because of injuries.
Then we wander around the old part of town – very narrow streets and paths. There are ruins of a castle up the hill – too steep to get to.
Late in the afternoon we walk up to the ski lifts (about 1km up the road) – black, red and blue runs – look quite steep and drops of 650metres in a short distance on black runs. Back home for wine and cheese.
What a start to the day. Gaye goes into shower, then an almighty scream like ‘Psycho’. Gaye all soaped up and shampoo on head and the water pump has stopped working. Thought she might have to waddle over to the shower block, but Tom turns on another tap and it starts the pump up again, so she finishes her shower, most relieved.
AND then Tom starts to figure out it is the shower system as all the other taps work, so start to pull the
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Oil poured through opening at the top on unwanted visitors
shower tap housing apart. Everything is inter-connected, so off comes the shower door and its holder, then the vertical rail for shower head and soap holder has to come out. Well, that was a job in itself as it was held in by double sided tape. Then undo all screws which allowed him in get to the tap he had undone- disconnect cold and hot hoses, then discovers the wires had fallen off. Realise that the switch is on the tap – pull off handle and base cover – vole – he sees the switch.
So off on scooter to hardware shop for bits. He bought a good pair of multi-grips but that’s all – no communication and could not understand Tom’s drawings.
Tom remembered that the Eco Tours office had people that spoke English. A guy who was there tells Tom to go around corner to motor mechanic – again – problem with language and no understanding his drawings. So Tom looks around the work shop and find what he needs – gives Tom two of each – no charge.
Tom finishes repairing shower as best as he can until we can get a new mixer
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Just to remember that we were really there !!!!!
tap from motorhome dealer.
At 4pm we walk into town. Get into town and virtually nothing opened – looks like Thursday afternoon is a no work afternoon here.
Back home for wine and dinner.
Off to Scanno – very scenic drive and a lovely town. We wander around and watch a delivery truck have to back out of street as it only wide enough for him. We see a lady in authentic traditional dress and into a biscuit shop – yum – Lemon Amaretti biscuits. The baker has 300 family members in Melbourne - he’s never been there. In the shop he has a photo of snow and he says that last year they had 4 days of snow and the snow was 3 metres high in the streets there. Yes, there are ski runs above the town and lots of walking places.
We head out and go towards Sulmona. The road becomes narrower and winds along the edge of a gorge. The majority of corners had road mirrors so you could see around the bends – only once did we need to fold in the side mirrors and
to go very slowly past a truck – otherwise very scenic and a little bit stressful.
Into Sulmona we walk and luck is with us as there is a parade on at 4pm – all the children in the 7 colours of the 7 areas of the town are dressed in period costumes and with bands, flags etc.
We looked into the museum on local history and an excavation of a Roman house. OK.
We walked down to the Gardens and The Cathedral of St. Panfilo. We heard the children in the stadium and went over to see what was happening. A lady who spoke English said that the children played games from the medieval times to encourage them to understand the history and keep the tradition going. Another lady said that the parade was about the Norman conquest of the town.
It was 5.30pm and we were back on the road and found a truck parking area next to a factory and free camped there for the night.
Tom is up and wanders down to the factory. There is a sign in English as well as other
languages saying ‘If siren sounds, put on face mask, ABCE filter and go windward. It is a fertilizer factory with ammonia etc, same as Orica on Kooragang Island – glad nothing happened during the night.
We head off to Manoppello – where the Sanctuary of Manoppello is situated. . This sanctuary shelters the ‘Holy Face of Jesus Christ’ which is considered as the most significant Christian relic alongside with the Holy Shroud. Not that we had any idea –but as we were so close, we had to go and see what it was.
As this a stop for pilgrims - there are showers and toilets (with toilet paper in them) available for free – no one there to take money when you use them.
Back on the road again and head in the direction of Ancona. Km after km of beaches with lounges and umbrellas all placed out ready for the many Italian holiday makers (as it is getting close to their school holidays). We pull into one beach and have a swim as the weather is hot. Off again and change direction towards the Conero Peninsula as the road there is all along the beaches. At
4pm we have had enough driving and pull into Numana at a campsite called ‘The Riviera’. This area has large boats, resorts and the campsite is a resort – big pool with plunge pool and water fall – free laundry. At €25 a night (mid season) it was fantastic value. We set up motorhome and head for the pool for a swim. Pool quite cold for Tom and bloody cold for Gaye, but we still went in (had to do something while the clothes were in the washing machine J )
After dinner, head into the village – very up market.
A lazy day – another load of washing, swim in the ocean (600 metres away), late lunch, buy some groceries, swim in the pool, dinner.
There are more photos below