Today we woke up in Pescara, and tonight we go to be bed in Pesaro. Our rental car has Giro d’italia STAMPA (press) stickers across the front and on the back, as such we look somewhat official and/or at the very least we look associated with the race. Which might explain why at every gas station and in most parking lots we get asked for hats and tee-shirts. ANY hats and tee-shirts, not just pink hats and tee-shirts.
We have been in the office and under the manager’s desk in a total of five different hotels across the south of Italy, unplugging and resetting various modems and routers. Italy is the Wild West of online access, there are no standards, no common protocols, and every situation is invariably different and more convoluted than the last.11Side note: I have yet to find an establishment of any kind or variety which offers both coffee and the internet. I CANNOT find coffee and the internet in the same place. Second Side note: Often we are given stickers or tickets created by special machines and/or PC computer All-In-Ones with elaborate username and passwords printed on them allowing you, in theory, to access the internet for as long as 24 hours and for a short as 1 hour.
Just behind the back of the race there are two cars among the various police and ambulances and official/functionary vehicles, each with a driver and a “puller,” whose purpose it is is two collect the hundreds of Pink Course Arrows taped or stuck or stapled to hundreds of walls and poles along the way. They do this real time. They manage to stay more or less on the back of the caravan. They collect maybe 2-3 signs per km for 200km+/- per day.
Italian Law Enforcement or Military or Para Military agencies witnessed on the course today: Polizia di Stato, Arma dei Carabinieri,Guardia di Finanza, Polizia Penitenziaria, Poliza Provinciale, Polizia Municipale and Protezione Civile.
We spend a lot of time (and money) keeping the little blue dot happy. The blue dot is often lazy, confused or drunk.