Day 130: Cassino to Rome

Thursday August 11, 2005, 28 km (17 miles) – Total so far: 7,944 km (4,936 miles)

We had an unpleasant morning in Cassino, including a few difficulties posting our maps home, largely due to some very uncooperative post office staff.

Anyone with a map will tell you that it’s much further than 28 km from Cassino to Rome. We cheated a bit and took a train. We were advised not to ride into Rome by Leon, the Slovenian cyclist we met a couple of weeks ago, it was probably a good idea as cycling into a city the size of Rome would be no fun.

The ride from the station to the campsite was pretty hectic, despite the fact that it’s now August and most native Romans have deserted the city for their holidays. Camping Roma is 8 km from the centre and is the type of campsite populated by coach tour parties of teenagers from Australia, New Zealand and the States, so we’re undoubtedly in for a noisy night. A loudspeaker announcement has just informed us that ‘The party starts at eleven’.

The party did start at 11 pm and we joined in. We didn’t get to bed until gone 2 am and which is fairly late for us. The drinks ‘special’ was a bottle of wine for €€6 which seemed pretty cheap at the time, but that’s three times the price of the supermarket.

Some of Rome's more recent residents haven't been altogether respectful of the Roman remains: but what a cool place to have an apartment.

Some of Rome’s more recent residents haven’t been altogether respectful of the Roman remains: but what a cool place to have an apartment.

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