My first activity in Corte (after the siesta ^^) was to look for brake pads. My front brakes are starting to make a nasty noise. There’s no bike shop as such, but there’s a mountaineering shop that hires out e-bikes, so I ask them. The mechanic took me into her workshop and said she’d seen a box with brake pads but didn’t think it contained what I needed, v-brakes. Miraculously, the box contained one pair of v-brakes !
I quickly fitted them, as the old pair was completely worn out with the scrap metal starting to show... I couldn’t have taken the route I did to Bastia with these brakes out of order...
Saturday was a fairly pleasant ride through Corte, with a cavalcade day and hundreds of riders parading through the town on Saturday morning.
Then, after the day’s storm, I went to visit the museum and the citadel. The citadel makes for a nice little walk with a beautiful view when you’re up there (you overlook the belvedere where I was in the morning by a few dozen metres). And the museum is very beautiful and has some very interesting exhibitions. I spent an hour there, so you could probably spend twice that !
On the way to Bastia, the weather wasn’t too bad (they forecast rain around midday and then thunderstorms, as usual...) so I decided to go via the mountains and the Col de Bigorno, 880m.
Quite a pleasant route with little traffic and a beautiful view all the way.
I’d have been angry if I’d finished by taking the main road... if it had rained I’d have taken it, it’s ten kilometres shorter and much flatter...
So that was the last cycling stage, a visit to Bastia and then departure for Toulon.