As the ferry approached Bastia the clouds hanging low over the mountains was a portend of the hot and steamy welcome awaiting in Bastia.
The ferry berthed at 0700 and the line of exiting traffic snaked along the roads out of the city.
The road over the Col de Vergio (the highest road in Corsica) is one of the great rides of Europe. Therefore on my agenda.
Morning coffee at at a little village Cafe in the foothills was the perfect first stop of the day.
The road crosses Corsica from east coast to west finishing in the seaside village or Porto.
The eastern side of the Col climbs up though beautiful pine forests offering cool shade.
Higher the forests give way to rocky gorges, steep sloops and narrow ancient roads.
Till the Col is reached.
With the Virgin standing atop the Col
The road down to Porto on the west side of Corsica is also a cracker.
Don’t you just love those stone Corsican safety barriers.
The road, one of the great rides of Europe end ar the beach at Porto, a small boating village. The municipal camping ground is only 400 metres from the beach and offers cheap, shady camping sites.
And a cold beer at the beach bar after a long day’s ride and a swim.