Corsica (in praise of)
Thanks to some great advice received from members of this forum, I celebrated my 50th birthday cycling around the coast of Corsica. What a trip. In the company of an old friend (also fifty this year), we battled the heat and the hills (the road up to Piana will stay long in my memory). Quality time with an old friend in a beautiful part of the world. Thank you again to those who put the idea in my head (there were times climbing those hills when the sentiment was slightly different).
As a footnote, I have some interesting information that I got from a doctor I met at Nice airport. He said that after cycling for 800 km on Corsica a man of my age would have to wait two days to see if a heart attack occured. If, after two days, no such event took place, he would gladly write out a health certificate to say I had the heart of a twenty year old. So, all you fifity year olds get the life insurance sorted out and give it a go. You won't regret it. At least I hope not!
I think, it would have been beautiful to be with you and your friend for a few rides (having celebrated my 50th birthday in spring this year and being a fan of Corsica, too)
What mode of transport did you use in getting there? Ferry or plane ?
My wife (non cyclist) and I are flying there in September staying near Piana.
I'm seriously thinking of taking my bike and escaping for a few hours . It sounds great.
we used both ferry or plane:
we first went to Corsica with our home mobile (i. e. ferry) and loved cycling there.
We then went to Corsica over the Alps by bike and flew back to germany. There were no problems at all. If you travel from Scotland, it's a bit too far for a car, isn't it? So you have to fly (Calvi I think), but you can take the bike with you.
I took a ferry from Nice to Bastia (around five hours). Left Bastia on Friday morning and reached Piana on Sunday afternoon via Cape Corse.