ITALIAN SUNRISE

Up early to catch the morning sunrise at Cadello - closest village to my tent. The PO is flowing and I get right out into the middle. What a ride. 

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Small places appear, but in seconds they disappear. 

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I stop at a small fishing cabin near Luzzara. No one is home. So I take a nap and eat a Mars bar. This river is famous for big catfish. Many small river shacks like this are along the river. Mostly by an inlet to avoid the strong current. 

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Paddle 20 km and then take another break.  This time I take a bath and soap myself well. Nice to smell good even if you are alone. The sun is shining and in no time I am dry.  I rinse my shorts in fresh water to get rid of the salt water. They are warm in the breeze, a natural dryer. I fold them and put them into the kayak. I paddle off. The winds pick up. I work hard for three hours. Muscles feel it and I decide to take a break. I see a restaurant and check it out. I meet the owner and decide to camp next to the restaurant. I pitch my tent. Unpack my gear. And decide, yes I will eat here tonight. The closest village is Mirasole, not too far from Ostiglia. 

   A rest. A bath. Some sun.  

A rest. A bath. Some sun.  

I find an electrical outlet to charge my batteries. Then at 19:30 find a table. I take the pumpkin ravioli and a pizza. At  15€, I figure this is a good  deal. 

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   Pizza was horrible. Haha. No. Great. I ate the whole thing.  

Pizza was horrible. Haha. No. Great. I ate the whole thing.  

Photographer Paul Strand took this picture in Luzzara. Taken in 1953, it's called The Family. 

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