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3Agira - hill top town
4Castiglione - Mount Etna North
5Sciacca - on way to Marinella
6A great day-ride from Marinella!
7Lentini - Parrocchia Chiesa Madre S. Alfio
8Noto - Basilica
9Noto - Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata - Bell tower
11Christian, Doug, Marion and Harold
12Marion and Harold - on way to Marinella
Some pictures of 'why' ...
14Catania - from window of Crociferi B&B
15Pachino - east beach where we had coffee
16Pachino - east beach before coffee - Harold getting feet wet
17Pachino - Canadian Memorial
Here are 9 rides and 9 places we really enjoyed ..
23Mount Etna - a beautiful day for a ride!
24Mount Etna - valleys looking north from slopes of Mt Etna
25Mount Etna - a fork in the road - looking desolate!
26Mount Etna - lava fields
27Rifugio at high point - north route
28Mount Etna - terrain and route
29peaking on brow of hill before descent into Castiglione
30Castiglione - we, of course, stayed at the top of the town!
31Do the climb, earn the beer!
33Randazzo - following the bike route through a busy market day!
34... on the road to Regalbuto
35prickly pear plants
36Christian arriving with a smile!
37Beautiful views from Resort Rocca dei Saraceni
38Mount Etna in distance the next morning
40The road to Agira - hilltop town
41Canadian War Cemetery on hill at base of Agira
42Marion powering around the last turn
43The Canadian War Cemetery - Agira - 490 commonwealth graves
45.. with Mount Etna in distance
46.. Agira in background
47a MacLachlan ..
On 10 July 1943, following the successful conclusion of the north African campaign in mid May, a combined allied force of 160,000 Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy. The Italians, who would shortly make peace with the Allies and re-enter the war on their side, offered little determined resistance but German opposition was vigorous and stubborn. The campaign in Sicily came to an end on 17 August when the two allied forces came together at Messina, but failed to cut off the retreating Axis lines. Agira was taken by the 1st Canadian Division of 28 July and the site for the war cemetery was chosen in September for the burial of all Canadians who had been killed in the Sicily campaign. Agira Canadian War Cemetery contains 490 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. (from www.cwgc.org)
50Sortino - centre of town in celebration
51... the cafe
52The Three Musketeers .. don't pause at the bottom of a steep cobblestone hill!
53The drop into "No Man's Land"
54Christian considering the plunge
55Marion pushing on ...
56Map - Lentini-Siracusa route
57Map - Sortino dance
60view out to sea
62Entrance to fort
63Fort .. on point of land
65Noto - Basilica
66Noto .. War Monument
67Noto .. the cafes
68Noto .. the church interior
69Noto .. the church interior
70Noto .. the church interior
71Noto - Basilica
72Noto - Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata - Bell tower
74Beach - east of Pachino
75Marion - on the beach
76Harold - beach east of Pachino
77Canadian Memorial - WW2 landing beach
78Canadian Memorial - WW2 landing beach
79Canadian Memorial - WW2 landing beach
80Canadian Memorial - WW2 landing beach
82Following the route where ever it goes ...
83Surprise descent into Scicli!
84Scicli - downtown - not a soul around!
85Scicli - church
86Scicli - church
87Scicli - church
88Scicli - coffee brewing in our great apartment!
90Ride to Licata - the wonderful SP83
91Ride to Licata - SIBIT signs (Sustainable Inter-regional Bike Tourism)
92Ride to Licata - storm is brewing
93Ride to Licata - storm is nigh
94Licata - let the rains begin!
95Licata - washing up!
97Ribera - climb in to town
98Ride to Marinella - Marion and Harold taking a break!
99Ride to Marinella - Marion on a quiet but steep ascent!
100Marinella in distance on coast
101Ride to Marinella - the Menfi bypass
102SIBIT Map .. a work in progress!
103Ride to Marinella - There is a reason this road is so quiet!
105Marinella - harbour for locals
106Marinella - Greek Temple
107Marinella - Greek Goddess
108Marinella - Greek Temple - requires some assembly
109Marinella - view from archaeological grounds
110Marinella - wonderful pottery .. wish we brought bigger bags!
112Partanna - lunch
113Marinella day ride - idyllic road leading across valley
114Marinella day ride - the valley
115Marinella day ride - or walk .. surprised the fox!
116I can't believe we drank 2 of these!
119Trapani - getting close with Erice mountain in distance
120Trapani - lunch!
121Trapani - architecture
122Trapani - overseers
123Trapani - monument in Cathedral
125Palermo - view from our apartment
126Palermo - People-friendly streets!
127Palermo - Verdi
128Palermo - Opera House
129Palermo - the Opera we saw!
130Palermo - the wedding we crashed
131Palermo - a man of great power
132Palermo - the Tile Museum and B&B
133Palermo - the Tile Museum and B&B
134Palermo - people watching
135Palermo - dog watching
136Palermo - the street entertainment
137Palermo - more people watching
138Palermo - the cactus garden
139Palermo - where to buy a bicycle
140Palermo ... and fix a bicycle!
142Baglio Pocorobo - a great road ..
143Baglio Pocorobo - then disaster within 3km of destination!
144Baglio Pocorobo - so close .. so far
145Segesta - Greek Teatro
146Segesta - looking towards Castellammare del Golfo and tomorrows route!
147Segesta - Greek Teatro
148.. our most friendly host .. and his helpers
149Good-bye Baglio Pocorobo - on way to Balestrate!
151Castellammare del Golfo
152Harbour in Balestrate
156Dome of Saint Nicolo - beside Monastery
158Bellini's Tomb - music
159Catania - fish market
160Catania - central square - Cathedral si Sant'Agata
161Catania - Opera House (Teatro Massimo Bellini)
162Bellini - himself
164View from Monastery
165Monastery - wall relief
167Rain on first day - extended lunch before assault of Castiglione!
168Doug - go left, no go right .. no, wrong again!
169Road up to ridge taking us to Marinella
170First patch of mud .. don't do a touch-down with your shoe!
171Marion cleaning mud from cleats!
172Hard-packed dirt road in to Montallegro .. if only all roads were as good!
173The vegetable field portage ..
174Marion is thinking ... 'going to have to clean my cleats again!'
1752 metres short .. and 2 wheel revolutions gives you this!
176Heed the red circle .. road closed!
178Greek Ruins in Marinella - easy access, no fences
179Sometimes the best beer is sitting on your porch .. Montallegro
180Agrigento in distance .. glad we by-passed it!
181.. a quiet back road .. paved too!
184Canon SX620 HS - wide angle
187Marion - Trapani Prairie
photos by Harold Blount - Copyright © 2019 - hb at nordicwind dot ca
13 Why Sicily?
51 ... the cafe
59 Piazza Duomo
61 the harbour
112 Partanna - lunch
118 Trapani Prairie
120 Trapani - lunch!
127 Palermo - Verdi
157 Bellini's Tomb
163 Monastery ..
166 What went wrong
177 What went right!
185 Links ..
photos by Harold Blount - Copyright © 2019 - hb at nordicwind dot ca