Imperia - Sanremo
30 km along the seashore
Breakfast at dawn with our hosts Luigi and Riccarda in the hills above Imperia, then we filled the pockets of our backpacks with little apples from their tree and set out down the hill to Oneglia, past the port of Imperia and along the waterfront to Porto Maurizio. We then followed the seashore for 30 km, from one colourful waterfront village to another, along the cycling and pedestrian path that follows the bed of the old railway line. At one point the path went through a tunnel 1.5 km long - and the lights weren't working! It was back dark but luckily I had a small flashlight so we could see where we were going and Aldo had a couple of flashing armbands which we put on so that cyclists could see us and stay on their own side. That was qn adventure, but there were no cars there so it was nothing compared to walking 2 km along the Via Aurelia highway - with no sidewalk, just a steep drop and a railway line below! Fortunately it's the only stretch of road like that I've come across on the Via della Costa, and it's likely to be eliminated from the route when the railway line is moved further inland (this winter) and the old railway line is made into a cycle path here too (hopefully not too far in the future).