Korsika, June 2020
Finally out after all those crazy Covid-19 months. The spring tour had to be cancelled and months of crazy restrictions are behind us, the disputes with ferry and airline companies is not over but now we are finally allowed to get out again. And before the summer holidays start, we want to enjoy a week in Corsica. There were some adversities: Two days before departure, the ferry crossing from Savona is cancelled. So we had to rebook quickly to go via Livorno and had to look for a new parking place there. Because of different ferry times this means two additional nights on the island and very exhausting journey to and from the island. Then we also find out that in Italy, there are only three persons allowed per car. We are four. So we had to go with two cars. In the end the four of us (Marcellus, Beat, Andi and me) make it to the island and have a nice week with (almost too) warm weather, great scenery and best French food. Besides we find a very nice hotel in the very north of the island.
Again Marcellus from Extreme Tours organized the week and with a little improvisation everything worked out very well again.
It was actually too late in the year and already very hot. That's why we moved some of the routes from the coast to the mountains. It' s cooler there and you can find very nice roads.
The journey is very exhausting. I drive about 440 miles by motorcycle from Berlin to the Ammersee lake. Marcellus and Andi are waiting there for me. The bike comes to the other two on the trailer and on it goes to Beat in Switzerland. His motorbike gets on the trailer too and then we drive the 500 miles overnight to Livorno. There we arrive in the early morning and later in the morning we take the ferry to Bastia. At noon around 1 pm we get off the ferry and we drive directly north into the mountains to a nice hotel at Cap Corse.
We drive only 45 miles from Bastia to the north of the island to Ersa
It goes from Ersa to Calvi and we meander a little in the northern tip of the island before we ride through the mountains to the very northwest.
We do a big loop to the southwest through the mountains and along the coast and also pass the red rocks Les Calanques de Piana. The coastal road at the end is so bumpy that we exclude it for the future.
We move to the south of the island to Zonza. On the way there we first drive along the west coast and then through the mountains. The valley Vallée de la Restonica offers beautiful nature and a very rustic lunch at a hut, which we could not reach during the previous tours due to closed roads.
The round to the west leads us to the island capital Ajaccio. It is very hot and we drive quite quickly back into the mountains. We leave out the western tip of the coast.
The southwest route will lead to Bonifacio and then continue along the coast. However, we have modified the route because of the heat in order to get back into the mountains quickly.
It's going back already. But because of the changed ferry connection we have a full day and the evening in Bastia. Main destination today is the Asco Valley. Like the Vallée de la Restonica this is a dead end - but much longer
The journey back is again very exhausting. The ferry leaves at 8 in the morning and we have to be there at 7 at the latest. At noon the ferry is in Livorno. Then the trailer is to be loaded and we drive the 500 miles back to Germany with a stopover in Switzerland to drop off Beat. At two in the night we are in bed. Then it goes directly on Sunday morning on the bike further back to Berlin.