We packed away the tent and left our riverside spot in Orzinuovi after tea and cereal by the river. Our new friend 'Mario' rolled by at 6.10 in the morning (on his way to work!) and blasted out some Italian music from his car, it brought a smile to our face despite the early hour! Cumulative fatigue (perhaps exacerbated by a drop of Prosecco last night!) left me feeling somewhat groggy this morning and I found it hard to get into my stride. Within the first hour we saw our first glimpse of the Alps, rising ominously on the horizon! I gasped initially, it came as a bit a shock after nearly a week of flat running across the North Italian Plain. My mind soon drifted to the prospect of running over the mountains, an intimidating prospect... The mountains gradually loomed larger throughout the day as we neared the ancient city of Bergamo. I enjoyed the run today; it was very painful for 6 - 8 miles at the end (my legs had a real 'burning' feeling) but it was rewarding nevertheless! We found a stunning new hostel overlooking the city and crashed out for a quick siesta. Shortly we hope to find some dinner and soak up the views.