Day 120: Campomarino to Rodi Garganico

Monday August 1, 2005, 109 km (68 miles) – Total so far: 7,338 km (4,560 miles)

We passed some great scenery today including the Lago di Lesina, which looked fantastic but smelt awful. We’ve now entered Italy’s ‘spur’, the Parco Nazionale del Gargano. It’s very different from anywhere we’ve visited so far with some quite mountainous terrain covered with olive groves and the occasional vineyard, and the lower land being used for tomatoes.

It’s something of a tragedy that the locals choose to use the area as an open landfill site with scores of abandoned washing machines and fridges dumped in lay-bys and assorted rubbish lining the sides of the roads. Shocking, this is a national park for goodness sake.

That aside, our campsite is wonderful; the tent is pitched under fragrant lemon trees and it’s just a short walk down to the sea. The town of Rodi is also charming and has a great palm-filled town square.

Lago di Lesina: looks beautiful, smelt awful!

Lago di Lesina: looks beautiful, smelt awful!

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