Saturday 2 July
Jim goes to collect his bike early and then gets ready for the Maratona Bike Race, while I do a painting marathon We go out to lunch just as a big storm comes over so sit eating deer (delicious) and watching the rain feeling glad we haven’t gone out climbing as we briefly discussed. Take a shuttlebus to the Maratona Village where there is free Prosecco and join a scrum to get a free Castelli gilet. We take a chair lift up the mountain to Santa Croce where we had previously only been in the mist and snow. This time we can see the big cliffs of the Fanis looming above the little church and monastery. I had Jager Tee on a sunny bench while someone busily and noisily vacuuming inside made everyone erupt in sneezes and rush out into the fresh air.