“Let’s cycle to Sirmione!” they said.
“It’ll be fun!” they said, browsing through the Lake Garda travel guide.
The Longest Ride
What we didn’t really know was that it would prove to be a somewhat arduous 20 mile-round-trip, in 30 degree heat! Plus we’d already walked 8,000 steps from the camp-site into Peschiera, along a meandering lakeside path, to find the ‘Bike ‘n’ Foot’ cycle hire shop. It cost 25 euros each for 3 days cycle hire.
By the time we got back to the camp-site, I had reached the absolute limits of my physical endurance. My quads were burning, my neck and shoulders were tense from gripping the handle-bars, and I was absolutely done for!
But it was totally worth it. Sirmione is a stunning town, full of narrow, atmospheric streets and an impressive Medieval Castle called Scaligeri.
Entrance into the town of Sirmione is through the old castle drawbridge.
But before this, we stopped for a refreshing drink of home-made lemonade at a street stall by the entrance. All that cycling had made us thirsty! The views were incredibly picturesque. Lake Garda is a ‘flowers everywhere’ kind of place.
As Sirmione is such a pretty place, it can get rather crowded, but it really is a must see if you’re visiting Lake Garda.
There are all manner of charming shops, cafes and boutiques and literally dozens of Gelato shops, selling enormous colourful cornets.
The cycle back was tough-going. Nathan is an experienced cyclist, commuting 10 miles by bike in and out of London several times a week. His bike was fitted with a child seat to carry Emily, who thought it was great fun whizzing about! Lydia did fantastically well and cycled with real confidence.
I however, was constantly lagging behind the others, to the point where we agreed to go at our own pace and meet at the halfway point, on the bridge in Pescheira. One sweetener on the long trek back was passing by some amazing photo opportunities. ..
On the bridge in Pescheira, there was a slight hiccup with Emily experiencing a sudden nosebleed, perhaps brought on by the heat. Kind passers-by supplied us with a wad of tissues!
But at around 7pm, we eventually made it, relatively unscathed and suitability victorious, back to the campsite!
What an incredibly action-packed first day! I wonder where we’ll go tomorrow!