Day Ride in Alta Murgia National Park - Skipping About the Continent - CycleBlaze

April 22, 2022

Day Ride in Alta Murgia National Park

This entry is one of few words and many, many  pictures. 

The sun came out today, along with some clouds. The wind lessened enough to ride without fear (15-18 mph) and I was off, chasing down trulli and Prussian kings. There are many quiet roads that criss-cross the Alta Murgia National Park, some paved, some not. I chose the paved option to explore just a small section of the 262 square miles of hills, fields, farms, prehistoric sites, and castles. I hope you enjoy my day as much as I did.

Morning

The day started with retrieving Vivien George from her overnight accommodations, on the right
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Masseria Il Pino Grande
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There was a cluster of old trulli, perhaps a dozen or more, located as I neared the highest point of the day
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I believe this is Trani, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea
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Afternoon

A brief stop for some bread and cheese after enjoying a nice downhill with a tailwind
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Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and their description follows. I did not enter the castle, only enjoyed the views

When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic.

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Out toward where I cycled today
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Out toward where I entered the park yesterday
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Toward the Adriatic and the Gargano Promontory
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Closer view of Gargano Promontory
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Castel del Monte
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I think it's time for a little catnap
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Rachael AndersonGreat photo! I wish I was there! Maybe they would let me pet them!
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Today's ride: 33 miles (53 km)
Total: 436 miles (702 km)

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Suzanne GibsonBeautiful pictures from a beautiful day - brings back memories.
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Susan CarpenterTo Suzanne GibsonThanks Suzanne - it really was a wonderful day
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