The ride from Nice to Savona is about 145 km along the Riviera. However, we took the sea route via Corsica — not exactly optimal! What went wrong was our planning undertaken in Vancouver.
In early planning we normally use the rule that our actual route will be about 30% longer than the shortest route. We only became aware that this was grossly wrong for Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily… After arriving in Corsica, and even then only after a planning hiccup, when we incorrectly thought that there was no ferry between Corsica and Sardinia.
Detailed planning, undertaken in Bastia, showed we would get to Crete just as our off-spring were returning home after their planned Crete holiday with us. Taking the shortest route through the islands would get us there on time, but would be akin to travelling in South America but never leaving the Pan-American Highway. So a major re-think was required! We returned to what many friends had pointed out: there is much to see along the Italian coast and the riding is especially good in Tuscany.
Our new route plan, subject to change without notice, is:
- Savona – Genoa
- Train to Pisa, with stop for a ride through Cinque-Terre
- Pisa – Savona
- Savona – Ancona
- Ferry to Greece (either Igoumenista or Patra)
- Ride to Athens
- Ferry to Crete
- Heraklion – Chania