Sunday 28th March was down in the diary as the day to get ourselves over to Reggio Emilia to the annual event organised by C.A.M.E.R. or "Club Auto Moto d'Epoca Reggiano". This is a huge fair where you can go and swap bits of, or whole vintage cars and motorcycles. It covers several pavilions and a vast outdoor space. Being something of a Johnny Cash fan, all I could think of was his song "One Piece at a Time". I swear, if you couldn't find the bit you needed there, you didn't need it. It is the place to go if you are restoring a motorbike or car.
The vintage bikes and cars were amazing, and we even saw a couple of Royal Enfields. As would probably be expected, Vespas had a strong presence. It was generally very interesting, but eventually all the bits got a little tedious, as was carrying our heavy bike jackets, and we had to have a rest for lunch. In a rather pleasant turn up, the weather was really, really hot. At 26 degrees C in the sun, we were sweating in our bike gear, even though I, for once, hadn't dressed like M. Michelin's evil twin sister... After an omelette sandwich and a drink of water we decided to leave the enthusiasts to their bits and pieces and head off.
It was far too nice a day and far too early to go home, so we head off up to Pavullo in the foothills of the Modenese Apennines. It's always a lovely ride up and we always pass loads of bikers. It was a bit quiet up there and some 10 degrees colder than down on the Pianura Padana. After a coffee (well, a rather late in the day cappuccino for Miss Wuss here), we headed back down to the warmth and home.
A lovely taste of rides to come as the days get warmer and longer. I can't wait!