15 results found for April, 2011

A Quiet Day On the Coast

A Quiet Day On the Coast

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Feeling majorly better this morning, we packed up early to get on the road.  Our tent neighbors who had largely ignored us for the past two days finally got curious enough to come ask about our bikes and where on earth we were going with them.  They were from Holland, on holiday in Italy for […]

Sick Day

Sick Day

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Bree: I woke up just after dawn, as usual (since we usually go to bed by 9 or 10) and sat up to begin packing up camp for our ride toward Pisa.  Instead, I was met with an overwhelming dizzy sensation.  I put my head between my knees and when it didn’t fade, I laid […]

Mountain Tunnels

Mountain Tunnels

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Bree:  Today we packed up from our lovely Levanto camp to get back on the road.  Our departure did not go unnoticed by our French neighbors who had been enthralled with our heavy bikes. For the last three nights we’ve shared ridiculous attempts at conversation, her speaking in French, and us in English with a […]

Day of Rest

Day of Rest

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Finally, a rest day.  A REAL rest day.  We didn’t pedal anywhere except into town (3 times because we are disorganized).  I noticed my sore legs from hiking before I even crawled out of my sleeping bag and instantly felt glad to be staying put one more day. Plus, we had some pressing things to […]

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

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One week.  We have been at this one week.  In all honesty, it has been probably the toughest week of my life.  The logistics of a trip like this are mind boggling and the limited access we have found to internet/power have been a huge hinderence.  We have pedaled a few hundred miles at this […]

Back to Pavia

Back to Pavia

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After our long night in the “wild boar” camp, I was pretty anxious to wake up and get out of there before the herd of boars who had paraded our camp all night got a second chance at us.  Ben assured me that they sleep during the day, but my imagination had been running away […]

Unwelcome Visitors

Unwelcome Visitors

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We turned in for the night as darkness set in, ready for a good nights rest as we had had a long day of riding. Being our first night free-camping, we were a little on edge, but fought our anxiety by telling ourselves that we have a great spot and nobody can see us. Within […]

Going Uphill

Going Uphill

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We woke up this morning not long before the various churches and cathedrals began sounding their Easter bells.  The bells, whether sounding various tunes or even just the hour will be something that I miss.  Even the smallest towns, which are almost always centered around a church with a bell tower, can be heard from […]

Resting in Pavia

Resting in Pavia

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Bree: Waking up in Camping Tocino, all I could hear was rain pouring down on the tent. We had discussed in depth whether to push through to Bobbio today, or whether to rest and at the rain, I quietly rolled over and waited to see if Ben would do the same.  He made no effort […]

Country Roads

Country Roads

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Bree: After the crazy day we had yesterday, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the prospect of heading out of our cozy hotel his morning. I didn’t even really want to be awake due to the jet lag that I’m still fighting – the same jet lag which didn’t touch Ben a bit. Further, I could […]

The Long Road to Novara

The Long Road to Novara

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Bree: We woke up this morning and wondered what our second day in Europe should hold.  We were pretty positive that there were no campsites within riding distance and we were very concerned about avoiding the kinds of traffic we had encountered the day before.  We knew we wanted to head south and we figured […]

Arrival in Italy

Arrival in Italy

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Bree: After staying up nearly all night packing (and partly just so that we would sleep on the plane) 6:00 came early.  My dad kindly drove us to the airport and helped us lug all of our stuff through the airport.  Even with our incredibly small bike boxes, it was quite the load.  For some […]