September 29, 2019

"We don't want hills and we don't want busy roads"

So this was the first day for the week four crew . Now I am not saying they are demanding but the we don't want hills and we don't want busy roads mantra was coming over loud and clear. however i had promised this was t...

September 28, 2019

Rest days are always a bit odd , you have become used to the routine of getting up and biking , so it actually takes a bit of adjustment. Also rest days signal the departure of friends which is always sad and arrival of new friends which is exciting.

We are sad to see P...

September 27, 2019

"A day of three halves!"

Having taken James Bamboo to the station and said sad fair wells we set off in good spirits. Unfortunately Mac was still unable to ride ,so he and his bike were stuffed into the van!

The first 15 miles were along the flat, which looked on the map...

September 26, 2019

Chianti Country !

After our rest day in Siena we were looking forward to a great trip through Chianti country on smaller roads.

Paul B was up early to get the sunrise for the hotel.

 We were joined again by Anne KP ( sucker for punishment) but unfortunately Mac had been...

September 26, 2019

I have only one thing to say about Siena , if you have not been GO! it is such a wonderful place to visit with a fascinating history and a very interesting community spirit .

We decided ( Thanks to James W. ) to have a walking tour and it was a superb introduction to th...

September 25, 2019

True Tuscany

We set off in good spirits as the weather looked fine and we were delighted to be joined by Anne who shunned her van duties and joined the peloton.

Barbie ( Bev's bike ) was put together for Anne and off we set.

After a short(ish) climb we were treated to a 7...

September 23, 2019

A sting in the tail 

We left Viterbo in good spirits ( some feeling a bit shabby it has to be said) The weather looked to be clearing and there were blue skies ahead.

We started with a long 10 mile climb to Montefiascone but were  treated to a great descent to  Lago Di B...

September 23, 2019

"The Storm"

Yesterdays blog was titles "the quiet before the storm" how very true and  very aptly today is called the storm.

We were woken at 5.00 a.m by a massive thunder storm , high winds and torrential rain. At breakfast there was some serious looking at every weathe...

September 21, 2019

The quiet before the storm .........

I always think "what are we going to do on a rest day?" well today we had lots to do .

First we had to completely empty the van and re assemble all the bikes we had beed carrying .  So we tried to remember which seat went with which b...

September 20, 2019

We decided to re map todays route to try to find some quieter roads, this meant a bit bigger day and more climbing but the pay off was certainly worth it ( Thank you Paul  B for the extra work this caused)

As we left Rieti ,it was obvious this was going to be a lovely d...

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