On This Day 9th-June-2010

This week’s on this day post comes from the 9th-June-2010, and I’m in Italy again this week, coming to the end of the Italian leg of my tour. I was off to the French Alps next to spend a few weeks working, but before that, I had to go on a little detour.

Wednesday 9th-June-2010. Albenga, Italy to Menton, France. 75 Miles.

I didn’t get the best of nights of sleep last night. I was kept awake by some squawking seagulls, which seemed to go on all night. And although I don’t tend to need a lot of sleep. My sleep is generally deep, and I didn’t get much of either last night!

I should have started to head inland today towards Samoens. But instead, I stuck with the coast, crossed the border into France, and went to Monaco. Seeing I was so close, It seemed a bit stupid not to go to Monaco. I decided the other day that my leg was feeling okay, and I would go to Samoens. I’ve been off the painkillers for a few days now and feel fine. And that’s despite having some pretty hard cycling!

As I rode along the coast to Monaco, the yachts got bigger and more expensive the closer I got. Every town I passed through seemed to have a marina, and the ones that didn’t were busy building one.

Monaco Baby

I got to Monaco and looked out of place amongst all the glitz and glamour. Or what some people’s perception of glamour is. I was too late for the Grand Prix race, although some remnants remained. Scaffolding from one of the stands was still there. And along the pit straight, there was still plenty of rubber laid down on the road. As an F1 fan, I decided to ride the circuit. And managed to cycle it in thirteen minutes and twenty-two seconds! Not quite as fast as a Formula 1 car, but then they don’t have the traffic to contend with! And an F1 car probably weighs a lot less than my bike and panniers!

Building with turrets flags and people
Outside the Casino at Monte Carlo

After pratting around in Monaco for a couple of hours, I headed back on myself to spend the night in Menton. Monaco was a bit out of my price range!

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