The Big Enduro itinerary is 240 km long and about 70% off-road. Departure is scheduled from Bevagna with arrival near San Severino Marche, in the place where Maurizio left his loved ones and where a plaque will be placed in his memory.
The route climbs the mountains above Foligno, without big obstacles; the roads are rather smooth, but every time the route difficulty increases Cesare (the president of the Moto Club) incites everybody with: “We can do it! Zuk must be honored! Come on!”. Every time I hear these words my heart skips a beat … I always get a positive thrill when a person is commemorated with his greatest passion. This is how the convoy of bikes climbs over the passes and the grassy clefts of the central Apennines, sometimes sharing and crossing the way with the group following the pure enduro itinerary which, in turn, sometimes coincides with the Adventouring route.
All together we reach the place of the accident, where we also meet the riders of the Street Riding itinerary; there is a cross placed by friends during previous editions. From the start this morning, Zuk’s friends made it clear that today’s is a fun rally not a procession, so the mood is never sad not even here. However, the eyes of some moisten, even if just for a moment, but after the final applause we hit the road again: the party for Maurizio must go on. The agriturismo “Locanda Salimbeni” welcomes us for lunch; the owner is an ex-racer who was rather good in the ’70. A small private museum displaying his bikes is set up in one of the rooms; he’s really a bike lover who makes us want for nothing at the table, serving plates loaded with tasteful food that make you consider laying on the grass for the whole afternoon instead of riding the last 100 km to Bevagna on your bike.
On the way back, before hitting the blacktop, the landscape is a succession of spectacular views; sometimes I wish the night and starts caught us, I dream of camping in a tent, maybe in the future …