GUSTAV LINE ON MOUNTAIN BIKE
The trail is also suitable for mountain bikes. The idea of the long trail along the Gustav line was based on the experience of a few bikers, who in 2013, on the 70° anniversary of the battle of Sangro, travelled the front line by bike from the mouth of the Sangro river in Abruzzo to the Garigliano river in Lazio. Although for bikers stages can be completed in a few days, we would recommend you take the time to immerse yourself in the slow pace of village life in your encounter between History and Nature.
WHEN TO LEAVE
The best time to start your journey is of course late spring or the beginning of autumn, when temperatures are pleasant and the landscape is resplendent in colour. If you decide to leave around the 25th April, it is possible to take part in the celebration for the “Festa della Liberazione” (commemorating the Liberation from the German occupation), which makes the journey even more rich and fascinating. It is not advised to start the journey in the coldest months, when snowfall reaches the villages in the Upper Sangro and many roads are closed and trails impassable. Plan your journey in advance, checking the availability of accommodation and facilities, as many of the towns you will encounter along your journey do not cater for tourists all year around, and they may not be able to offer a complete range of services.
Comfortable and light equipment are essential for all walkers. Choosing the right pair of walking boots is fundamental for your feet to be comfortable enough and allow you to enjoy your walk, regardless of the make , they should already be broken in, and we also suggest to alternating between walking boots or shoes depending on the kind of ground you are walking on (i.e.tarmac or dirt road). Changing into sandals at the end of the day is also recommended. The backpack should be a hiking model, and should be fitted for each walker’s build and be ample enough to contain your clothes and the right accessories to face a journey in all weather conditions.
THE PASSPORT OF MEMORY
Throughout the journey you will carry a Passport of Memory, a document with space to apply stamps which can be collected along the route. This passport is a record of your journey. At the end of the trip, when you show the completed passport, filled with the stamps to the office, the traveller will then will receive a scroll and a souvenir.
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