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Into Sicily and a few days rest.

Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th  May 2014

Driving into Sicily on the way south we drove past Mt. Etna.

Driving into Sicily on the way south we drove past Mt. Etna.

Leaving Lake Sirino in the morning we continued our drive south heading for Sicily not knowing how far we would get, or where we would stay overnight. Our lunch stop was at a place called Nocera Terinese along the coast, a place that Julie and Jason had stayed overnight [Our Tour UK]. It would have made a suitable overnight spot but it was only early and we had an afternoon nap, then refreshed we resumed our journey.

Our stopover in the carpark at Roccalumeria near the sportsground but also near to the motorway.

Our stopover in the carpark at Roccalumeria near the sportsground but also near to the motorway.

We arrived at the ferry port late in the afternoon after getting a bit lost due to some road works, paid for our ticket and were lucky to get on the next ferry with no waiting. The ferry takes about 25 minutes and cost us, 2 people and our motorhome 95 euros return, a bit steep for the short distance but there is no alternative and our motorhome does not float!.  We arrived in Messina and proceeded to drive to a camperstop which should have been about 4 kilometres from the port. But 4 kilometres in the crazy traffic and narrow streets, people double parked and roundabouts where the rules are ignored and you have to force your way through, took us about half an hour. We arrived drive through a narrow laneway and find that the camperstop was not open, however a friendly man at the site gave us details of a car park next to a sports field in the town of Roccalumeria. It was dark now and though we don’t like to travel at night we had no alternative but to take the motorway to our destination. Without too much trouble we found our way to the site and thought it would do for a night stop. Parked almost under the motorway we closed up for the night and settled in to make the best of it. We were pretty tired and although the motorway noise was constant we managed to get a decent night’s sleep.

Having Pizza with Clyde and Anna. It seems to be our ritual when we meet up.

Having Pizza with Clyde and Anna. It seems to be our ritual when we meet up.

The beach at the campground. It was a bit cool that day and it was deserted.

The beach at the campground. It was a bit cool that day and it was deserted.

We decided to have an early start as we had to make out way out through some small streets, so we dressed, packed up and moved on planning to have our breakfast in a layby along the way. This was a good decision and a wise one as we found out , motorhomes could not go the proper way up the one way street and we were directed by signs to go the opposite direction and out the way we came. Lucky it was quiet but we still were wary of the cars coming in the other direction. After a drive of 145 km’s we arrived at the campsite in Avola which again involved driving through a narrow winding road until we reached the entrance. Here we met up again with Clyde and Anna our previous traveling companions who we had last seen near Florence.

On the way to the supermarket there was a mansion which needed some renovation rescue.

On the way to the supermarket there was a mansion which needed some renovation rescue.

Ewout and Clyde doing some bike repairs.

Ewout and Clyde doing some bike repairs.

The campsite was full of Dutch, German, English people with a smattering of French, Austrian and of course two Australians. We spent 3 nights there having a few days rest after 6 weeks being continually on the road. We did go to the town and have a look and also to the supermarkets to stock up but mostly we rested. (well sort of, did washing, some minor jobs,etc.) Our next stop will be Noto where there is a flower festival happening on the weekend.

 

 

One Response so far.

  1. Mireille Bloom says:

    Hi
    We have been enjoying following your journey. Friends of our who live in Italy have also been complaining about the nonstop ringing of the bells for 3 days. The latest day was to bless the crops/fields. Where are you heading to next? We are heading south to Spain and Portugal. All the best from Mireille and Mark

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