During the last few days, we have begun to see differences in the culture of this part of Italy in comparison to Puglia. First, the drivers are used to seeing a lot of bikes on the road and do not give a warning honk like in Puglia. In fact, we saw hundreds of bicyclists on the road today for the traditional Sunday morning ride. The pace of life seems to be more hectic in the coastal area of Abruzzo; the roads are never quiet even between 12:00 and 2:00. The young adults have more tattoos and there is more foreign influence. We are seeing Chinese restaurants, sushi restaurants, and Turkish kebabs for fast food.
We have been traveling along the Adriatic Highway, SS16. It travels all the way up the Adriatic coast. SS16 is a large two lane road, usually with good shoulders,and fairly constant traffic. It is well graded and fast to bicycle. In many places it is our only choice, but once in a while we can get off 16 and ride along a beach road.
We finally have the weather to camp. Camping in Italy is similar and yet different. Families come and set up group areas and we felt nostalgic for the annual Big Sur campout with the Dyck-Aronowitz and Faus clans. However, we were a little surprised when we saw a refridgerator being carefully removed from a car via the window. There was already two folding beds unloaded at the campsite and the further evolution of the campsite was amazing. A second refridgerator and cupboards appeared on the scene. The Italians are comfortable with close camping quarters as illustrated below.
Along one shore we observed a modern variant of the fishing machines, trabucco. A single steel girder extends a net which is raised and lowered by a hand winch (not wench). There were quite a few of the machines lined up, but we did not see anyone catch anything while we were there.
Tonight we are in Numana, a major beach resort area south of Ancona, and camping. Tomorrow we celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary in the country where we honeymooned. Ciao!