As you can see, piecing all the maps together in a long line would have been impossible in my relatively small living room, but here they all are stacked up on one another. I have followed the route from Calais and the good news is that there is only one slight break in the Eurovelo 5 route; once you cross the Alps at the Saint Gotthard Pass, the map for Switzerland stops and there is a short gap until you get to the northern point of Lake Maggiore where the Italian maps kick off. I put this down as a minor problem for the moment (which will, no doubt come back as a big problem to haunt me in the summer when I get lost freewheeling down the other side of the Alps). It is interesting re-reading the description of the route on the back of the Eurovelo map of Europe (for the list of towns and cities that EV5 passes). It does state that you should follow the Ciclopista del Sole in Italy. I’ve decided to follow La Vie dei Pellegrini. Need to think about that one more. The other thing that I am reminded of is that the EV5 crosses the Alps, as mentioned above, at the Saint Gotthard Pass. Jean-Marie Vion and his mates went to the Saint Bernard Pass. Why? Is there a better view?
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