Sunday morning we hit the road early with a goal of Saluzzo, around 90 km away. We crossed the Po (Italy's largest river which we crossed in Ravenna) and headed in the direction of Torino and saw this wonderful nest and fledgling stork.
We climbed for around 10 km and then descended into an agricultural plain. This region has very intense agriculture and is heavily planted with corn and intensive production of espaliered fruit tree crops (peaches, apples, pears, kiwis).
At Gelato O'clock (which hits around 3:30 on warm days) we pulled into Moretta and observed a local 3 km fun race. It seemed like everyone was participating.
Here are the runners, who were followed by the wheelchair brigade and then the serious talkers/walkers. We saw a banner that the town was celebrating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification and we've seen additional posters for festivals celebrating this anniversary.
When we arrived in Saluzzo on Sunday night, there was a huge flea market/antiques fair going on in the main square. We found a nice local family run hotel down a small street off the main square and settled in for the night.
We had dinner at a pizzeria. Nineteen years ago when we were in Northern Italy there were only occasional pizzerias. Now almost every restaurant is a pizzeria. We don't know what has driven this surge in popularity of pizza, but it is pan Italia.
Today, Monday we had a short day to Cuneo, just 30 kilometers, but we are both feeling the fatigue of yesterday's 90k. We are going to take two rest days in Cuneo in preparation for the Alps. We need to get laundry done, the bicycles need cleaning and lubrication, and our butts need a couple of days off the saddles. Right now we are watching the lightning, listening to the thunder, and seeing it rain out our window as we await the dinner hour, 8:00 o'clock. Buon appetite!