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After 4 days of getting on and off our bikes, the 5th day was not as inviting as the 1st. Nonetheless, after being out on the road for at least one kilometre, our legs seemed more than willing to do the job. They probably automatically pushed us up and along the gentle rolling countryside of Sant'Antioco, which felt like a game when compared to yesterdays climb.
Our first stop was at the Tophet, an ancient Phoenician cemetery, located in the town of Sant'Antioco, which also houses a rather interesting Archaeological Museum. We then proceeded on to sheltering in a local bar, owing to a sudden downpour. The rain was blessed by the locals, since they've had no rain on the Island for several months. However, we were not pleased that it should rain at that given moment, but we were well prepared, and after only a short while, we were all dressed in the appropriate garments, ready to attempt a lovely cycling stunt in the pouring rain. We headed south towards Tratalias for one of our well known picnic stops, which, owing to the weather, was held in the Museum next to an old Pisan Basilica.
Fortunately, by the time we had finished our lunch, the showers had eased off and we were able to continue our journey, heading south towards Giba. We travelled along the charming dirt road which runs along the side of Lago Monte Pranu (Lake Monte Pranu), deep in the heart of the Sulcis countryside towards Sant'Anna Arresi. We have some extra time, so we travel on towards Santadi, where we stop in one of the Island's most famous vineyard for a refrehing stop. We then jump back on to the bus, which leads us to our final destination for the night in another cosy hotel in Sant'Anna Arresi.
The South Coast
The final stage was more or less the catwalk of our little adventure, being only 36 kilometres long. We move from Sant'Anna Aresi towards Capo Teulada, across the mountains dotted with wonderful panoramic views and overlooking the fertile valleys.
We move towards Chia.
Finally, we were all able to tackle the slopes with great ease and it felt like "the last day at school at the end of term". We arrived at the divine beach of Tuarredda, where we all dived into the inviting blue and green depths of its sea with no hesitation.
Chia was only around the corner and, arriving at the Hotel, you could see and feel the melancholic air which surrounded the whole group: the next day we wouldn't go biking for yet another adventurous trek.
However, it was only a friendly goodbye, until the next tour: we all solemnly declared that we'll be there at the beginning of Spring, to take part in yet another fabulous cycle tour somewhere else on this beautiful Island of Paradise.
Rest in the Sulcis countryside
Along the road from Teulada to Chia