#7Countries7Passes Day 9 - From Lake Como to Turin

Yesterday, I was blessed with challenging climbs, incredible descents, and secluded traffic-free bike paths. Today, had many good highlights, but it also unfortunately featured many opposites of the above.

The day began with a ride down the western edge of Lake Como. I have always loved the Italian lakes, ever since visiting them on family camping holidays.

The lake sat beautifully quiet and still in the early morning, and although my legs weren't being overly energetic, it didn't matter too much, as the route was flat or downhill for the most part.

I stopped once at the side of the lake, for a coffee and Italian pastry.

On reaching the southern end of Como, I turned south west. Suprisingly, my route actually took me back into Switzerland for a half hour. Thankfully I was quickly returned to Italia.

The afternoon was mostly spent on quite busy B-roads, and navigating through cities like Varesa.

Once out of the Lombardy region though, and fulled by some afternoon Gelato, the going got easier, and the roads clearer.

I eventually called it a day with 200km on the clock. I grab some Italian pasta and ham from a local Lidl, and set up camp in yet another sweetcorn field.

Ahead of schedule still, tomorrow I should be heading into the Alps.


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