In fact lots of question marks today but the old guy who runs this place could cheer anyone up; I didn’t need the bottle of Montpulciano alone!
So here is the plan; cycle back into Salsomaggiore Terme and see if either of the two bike shops that have been suggested are indeed open. If they are shut I will detour to Parma (there are worse detours in the World!) to check out the shops there – Simone has supplied quite a list. Should I have no luck there (which seems difficult to imagine at this stage), I should at least know how the bike is holding up and whether it would be possible to continue south over the hills without the spoke repaired.
So as to where I will be tonight, I could guess but without any real idea. What would be nice is if by the end of the day I could at least see the sea, if not necessarily put my feet in it. Keep watching and reading to find out if I can or perhaps even do….