June 6: Stage 4, Monticello to Corte, 56 miles and 6,079’ of climbing
Here’s the link to today’s route: http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/185899976
Today we left the coast, though in Corsica it’s pretty hard to be away from a view of the sea for long. The island is only 50 miles wide and 100 miles long but I’m pretty sure it has 800,000 miles of road, no two are parallel to one another, and nothing is flat for very long (except for sections near Bastia and in the southeastern portion of the island).
Tonight we stay in Corte for two nights. It’s the islands old capital, and the home of the only university. It’s small, about 7,000 people, but feels much bigger, probably due to all the French and German tourists, and students. Lots of restaurants, and pretty stone lanes.
6,000’ of climbing is becoming the norm, but my legs are pretty tired today. We were looking forward to an easy day tomorrow, but I just noticed that we’re faced with our biggest day yet. Only around 65 miles, but with 8,000’ of climbing! Ouch.