A group of soldiers is taking on the Eurovelo 5 in (what I consider to be) reverse. This is what it says on their Virgin Money Giving site;
In March 2011 team Tartan Cassino will start their arduous challenge. The team will cycle from Monte Cassino in Italy to Edinburgh Castle travelling 1750 miles through Italy, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom finishing on the ramparts of Scotland’s most famous landmark. Over 14 days the team will cycle on average 125 miles per day and until they reach the shore’s of the UK. We will sleep in tents by the roadside to ensure the challenge is achieved.
That’s some going! But I suppose they are soldiers and not French teachers… Their website is here.
I wrote briefly about Cassino on an even briefer pit stop on the 17th August;
I think the building up there is the Abbey of Montecassino but I’m not really up for the climb so will never find out for sure. The Rough Guide doesn’t sing the praises of the place so I’ll content myself with the town of Cassino itself here at the bottom of the hill. That said, it gets an even worse write-up having ‘very little appeal’. It was destroyed during the war and its modern-day main attraction is, apparently a large Fiat factory. Perhaps this is where my old Fiat Punto was born…