Day 15 and 16

Irena is in 4th position and climbed yesterday the first 2 mountain passes Oberalppass and Gotthardpass. Most of the climb Irena had to cycle in heavy rain and thunderstorms. After her rain shoe covers are gone, she organized plastic bags and waterprooof kitchen cloves. At Gotthardpass she got finally again nice sunny weather. But alread from Bellinzona to Luino she got challenged again by heavy thunderstorms and missed her goal to reach Dario’s bicycle shop in Borgomanero. She then decided to stop in Laverno at the Lago Maggiore. Finding a room was then not that easy. She learned since Covid hotels and guesthouses are still shutdown and never reopened.
This early morning she got her bike cleaned and serviced at Dario and Nico Valsesia’s shop in Borgomanero. They are both both very experienced long distance cyclists too.

Meanhwile she is back on the route and wrote:

“I’m back to the route now.
Thank you so much for sorting out the bike!
It’s a beast now 😉
Surly will be much easier to get to the finish in Tarifa 😉 “

photos: Irena at Gotthardpass and in the bikeshop

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