September 19, 2019

To the Centre of Italy!

All eyes were on the weather forecast as we left this morning , black skies overhead, yet still warm. every weather forecast gave a different picture .

We set off in the direction of L'Aquila  which was the episode centre of the earthquake 9 years...

September 19, 2019

A well earns rest day saw us taking stock

Bikes were fettled 

Washing was done

Food was eaten and wine was drunk

We had big plans of a hike to a nearby village, however weary limbs and 30 degree temp soon put paid to that. It was good for us all just to relax , chat and ta...

September 17, 2019

"The only way is up"

 I can't describe the joy when i looked at todays route to see it was only 30 miles , only to be dashed to see that 29 of those were up and it was to be our biggest climbing day yet at 2972 feet.

The road was beautiful and so much quieter this was ho...

September 17, 2019

A day of two halves 

 Sun rise from our hotel.

We decided to start the day with what is becoming a habit and that is by visiting a garage! Since there was a VW garage near by, and I was becoming increasingly concerned that the drivers were now needing sun glasses due to...

September 15, 2019

What no driver ?

 In my world there is only one good excuse to abandon van driving duties and thats going to Goodwood revival, and Kjell puled that card. So today we have had to be unsupported and take it in turns to drive the van ourselves.

A good lesson as now I unders...

September 14, 2019

A week has passed already , on the one hand it has flown by yet on the other hand so much has happened that I feel we have been away forever.

I want to start this by saying A BIG THANK YOU to  Tim .

You have nursed the van down all on your own, 

You have coped with more e...

September 13, 2019

Deja vu 

Today looked like a very similar ride to yesterday , a 30 mile blast along the coast followed by a period of climbing and then a descent into the destination town.

We left Fano and proceeded along the SS16 . Paul B said he had seen old film footage of Stirling M...

September 13, 2019

 I need a hat which says "Baciami in fretta !"

We left Cevia in fine spirits , the hotel had the ideal place for the Tourdesands Banner.

We then proceeded along the coast to Rimini ...... This was 30 miles of wall to wall hotels, and shops selling any manner of tat ! It...

September 11, 2019

"You never know whats round the corner ........"

We left Ferrara in fine spirits , a beautiful morning , but with a 64 mile section ahead. 

The route out of Ferrara was easy and we left the city through the old city gates and then cycled beside the city wall. 

We made gre...

September 10, 2019

Another day of perfect cycling conditions , a favourable wind for most of the day and a steady 25 degrees with not too much sun.

Tim, leaving nothing to chance  loaded the van with all the provisions for the day ....

  Ready for the off from not the best named hotel!

We p...

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