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...

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...

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