I left the Thébaïde Villa the 8/27/2017 around 18:30 for a two month journey in Sardinia. The departure of Lota by Corsica Ferries is envisaged at 22:00 in Toulon. Weather was beautiful and hot in this end of August. After the junction of the highway to Toulon two LED ignited at the dash board, brakes and engine. The truck had been revised in Montevideo, Uruguay, before the loading on the boat of Grimaldi on March 21st, 2017 posting 114218 km i.e. 1527 km traversed from Antwerp to Toulon! What disappointment, where is the legendary reliability of Mercedes-Benz. After the unloading at 6:32 in Porto Torres I moved directly to Sassari where there is a Mercedes-Benz dealer. I presented myself at the opening 8:30 to take an appointment the following day Tuesday, August 30. Then I visited the historical center of the city. With nearly 130000 inhabitants it is the second economic city of Sardinia. It developed at the 13th century on the site of the old village of Thathari surrounded by an enclosure of 2.6 km of which there remain some vestiges. I walked the circuit proposed by the Green Guide in the narrow streets; some beautiful buildings of the Middle Ages remain. The temperature was of +34°C. In end of the afternoon I found a car park behind the KIA garage.
On Tuesday morning as of 8:30 I was at the door of the garage… to expect the receptionist. At once he called an employee who took into account my vehicle then I answered the questions of the receptionist to fill the ad hoc forms. Fortunately he spoke English. I went to the waiting room. Around 10:00 the diagnosis fell, change of the rear brake pads and change of a sensor with a filter of the engine. But the parts were to be ordered to be delivered on Wednesday. I believed that the premium vehicles by Mercedes-Benz respected the legislation Euro 5/6 and, were equipped with predictive software for maintenance. Admittedly the “G” is thirty years old of age but it respects the legislation. Is this an error of Mercedes-Benz at Montevideo? The brake pads are a normal wearing part especially at 114,218 km regarding the sensor and his filter I did not understand what it acts. I will get information back to France in particular to know if it is a question of a wearing part in order to put one in my tool set for my journey in Southern Africa. I left the garage to make supply at Carrefour supermarket then to go to visit Porto Torres with its eponymous Tower and especially Basilica di San Gavino of pure Roman style built between 1030 and 1080 with its two opposite apses and its two gates one in north and the other in the south. I started with the visit of the crypt then of the nave with its altar opposed to the catafalque. I crossed the city to admire the Aragonese Tower built at the 14th century to defend the port with the invasions. In end I left in search of San Michele di Plaiano on the SP-60 which I did not find. I stopped to lunch frugally and make the administrative tasks before returning to my car park in Sassari.
I spent the day of the Wednesday, August 30 to expect at Mercedes-Benz the repair of my truck whose spare parts were to arrive at the end of the morning. My truck was returned to me little before 16:00. Of course the brake pads are wearing parts but it is not the case of the electronic sensor of the particle filter which controls the filling of the so called-filter. Since the origin of the vehicle it is third sensor out of work. I returned to the car park for the third night.
The day of the Thursday, August 31 was announced still hot. While passing in front of the Mercedes-Benz dealer I took a photograph memory! Then I moved towards Osilo by the road of the schoolboys stopping me in Sorso to visit the church San Pantaleo progressing towards Sennori then Osilo in a landscape of medium mountains and pastures. The road zigzagged from hills to small valleys. Wrongly I engaged in the village of Osilo built on a hill with very narrow streets. I leave from there only with the assistance the villagers who wished me then "Buono Viaggio". The major and crippling defect of Mercedes-Benz "G" is its too large turning radius, it shows its age of design. Despite everything I visited the ruins of the Malaspina castle by far as well as the church Immalacolata Concezione. Hardly I had made a few kilometers that the LED of the engine ignited again. Consequently I returned to M-B in Sassari. After half an hour the diagnosis was an error of the electronic system of the pedal,…, accelerator! The person in charge and his assistant with the assistance of the Bing translator told me a magic history of way of two levels of depression of the pedal and kick-down which I never make. What did they make? God alone knows it. The car was returned to me with the extinct LED. The afternoon occurred without incident I visited the churches of the Roman Road up to Ozieri where I found a bivouac at the edge of an overland route. Along the road S #597 Roman churches follow one another the colors all different but resolutely the austerity from the early Christians and the blind arcade of semicircular arch. Alas some are closed out the office hours. The temperature softens in the end of the afternoon and during the stormy night without precipitations.
On Saturday, September 2d I started from Tissi to go to visit Castelsardo but via Sassari I stopped at the shopping center of carrefour where Internet connection is of good quality to publish the first part of the weekly page of my website in particular the video of the driving through Osilo. Castelsardo is a fortress built in 1102 on a piton by the Doria family to secure the port. The low city is very tourist. The castle is worth just the detour for the church Santa Maria delle Grazie and its crucifix of the black Christ and its Ecce Homo of the high altar. The Cathedral di Sant' Antonio Abate is primarily re-elected for its bell-tower. I left Castelsardo by S#134 to visit the villages snuggled in the Anglona hills. On the way I passed beside Roccia dell' Elefante where two young girls wasted my picture. In Sedini a mural drew my attention while going up to see the church Sant' Andrea and its beautiful gate. After Bulzi the church San Pietro del Crocifisso in the countryside is remarkable by its two-tone Roman architecture unfortunately closed. The site held my attention. Further the village Perfugas has a church, closed, which shelters a retable worthy of interest! At side an archaeological excavation, closed, shown a nuragic sacred well. I returned to bivouac at the bottom of San Pietro under the benevolent protection of the Lord. The weather was gloomy with gusts of wind and some drops of rain to refresh the atmosphere.
On Sunday, September 3rd I continued the visit of the villages in the hills of Anglona with a stop in Laerru for the small rural churches of Santa Margherita and Rosario. In Chiaramonti, snuggled on the side of a piton at the bottom of castle I discovered murals as well as the church San Matteo while walking up to Castello Doria of which there remain only ruins and the truncated keep; it was built in the 13th century. Back towards Martis I took a road on the left close to a fountain to further five kilometers discover the exquisite Roman church Santa Maria Maddalena in full field being harmoniously integrated in the bucolic landscape with a barrier to open to approach it. Finally at the entrance of Tergu borough the Roman church Nostra Signora di Tergu is what remains of a Benedictine monastery built between 1065 and 1082. Admittedly the faultfinders will say that for this first week in Sardinia I visited mainly churches. I will point out to them that the roots of Europe are Christian and that to understand people and its civilization it is necessary to start by thus impregnating its culture of its religion. The world tour that I continue is a religious immersion. Since the man walks upright, homo erectus, it does not have there civilization without religion. The philosopher Régis Debray, who cannot be suspected of clericalism, writes in Civilization his last work: “Would Armenia be still Armenian without Christianity, and Laos still Laotian without Buddhism?” With due respect to the atheists of any hair. I found a bivouac in the village of Isola Rossa, unfortunately on a car park!