February 2020 – The next solitary adventure of Lodi (North of Italy) native Vespista Mauro Tresoldi focuses on the Marian Shrines of Eastern Europe. A couple of weeks travelling between June and July 2020, a total of about 2,300 km, and a road map that has already been laid out:
VESPILGRIMAGE 2020. JUNE: departure on the 27th, LODI–TRIESTE, 405 km; 28th, TRIESTE-ZAGREB, 234 km; 29th, ZAGREB (MARIJA BISTRICA SHRINE); 30th, ZAGREB-BANJA LUKA, 183 km. JULY: 1st, BANJA LUKA-SARAJEVO (OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS), 186 km; 2nd, SARAJEVO-MOSTAR-MEDJUGORJE, 152 km; 3rd, MEDJUGORJE; 4th, MEDJUGORJE–SPLIT (OUR LADY OF CARAVAGGIO AND THE MADONNA OF THE SINJ MIRACLES), 129 km; 5th, SPLIT–ZADAR, 145 km; 6th, ZADAR-RIJEKA (MADONNA OF THE SEA SHRINE), 224 km; 7th, RIJEKA-POLA-PORTOROŽ (OUR LADY OF THE SEA SHRINE), 197 km; 8th, PORTOROŽ–TRIESTE, 34 km; 9th, TRIESTE–LODI, 405 km.
His travel companion will be his 1985 Vespa PX 125, called “Chicca”; with her, he has completed unforgettable, solitary tours. One of his most recent was the Vespa-pilgrimage 2019-Via Francigena (more than 6,000 km last June through Italy, France and England with stops in Canterbury, Folkestone, Calais, Tergnier, Longchamp, Great St. Bernard pass and Cisa, all the way to San Gimignano and Rome) and the Lodi-Santiago de Compostela (Spain) ride in July 2018; also worth a mention is the nice raid-historical re-enactment “Peace Relay”, 6-8 June 2019 (Melegnano, Berne, Chambéry) completed with other Vespisti friends.
In the background photos, by Mauro Tresoldi: the Eurotunnel that connects England and France and a store in Mod style in Canterbury, with a Vespa in the window.