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Back to the Desert

Back to the Desert

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Bree: I dreamed all night about being lost in a series of German villages with no end in sight.  We just couldn’t seem to escape.  But then, I woke up in our enormous hotel bed and realized that instead, the end had truly arrived. Feeling almost as nervous about returning home as I had about […]

Building Boxes in the Dolomites

Building Boxes in the Dolomites

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The rain was still doing its thing when we woke up, so for the last time, we packed up a wet tent and shoved it in the car along with all of our gear, still in various degrees of being airplane ready.  We had a lot of driving to accomplish today and a lot of […]

Swiss Alps Round 2

Swiss Alps Round 2

Today we had a new adventure to conquer- to find the Europcar location in Lecco.  For some reason the rental car locations over here tend to move often, be difficult to find, and sometimes be poorly marked, so we weren’t exactly sure how tracking down our rental car reservation was going to work out. We […]

The Bittersweet Finale

The Bittersweet Finale

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As seems to be our fate as of late, we woke up last night to rain.  The rain continued to pour well into the morning, once again thwarting our plan to leave early and be off of the road before the heavy, damp Italian heat set in.  Luckily we had some good books to listen […]

Bad Driving and Good Food

Bad Driving and Good Food

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We were up bright and early again today for another 85 kilometer day of cycling, this time mostly downhill to the top of Lake Como. We had only two kilometers of uphill riding and a grocery stop to complete before we summitted Aprica Pass and headed down the other side. Ben: As we rode through […]

Cycling Tonale Pass

Cycling Tonale Pass

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Ater a heavy but short bout of rain last night (with just enough lighting to make me a tiny bit nervous, but didn’t even wake Ben up) we woke up to clear blue skies and an already warm temperature.  It was going to be one hot day. Our goal for the day was a big […]

Back in Italy

Back in Italy

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Last night we found another accordion!  As we were heading back to our tent from the internet point in the hotel, we spotted him – a not so lively yet live accordion player under the hotel restaurant’s outdoor seating.  While he wasn’t too energetic, the rest of the 60+ crowd was (we always seem to […]

Feast or Famine

Feast or Famine

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After a really cold night, we got up and started getting camp packed up.  As I opened the panniers for breakfast, I realized we were running pretty low on food, so we ate the last of some cookies and bread and hit the road. Like yesterday, we were bundled pretty warm just to be able […]

Brenner Pass

Brenner Pass

It has really hit hard how little time we have left on our cycle tour.  We fly home in 13 days; while we realize that for a typical European vacation this may be the entire length of the trip, when put in perspective of the 3 months that we will have spent our time is […]

Junior High

Junior High

Knowing that our ride today was going to have just as many busy roads and steep climbs as yesterday, we though we’d get on the road as early as possible when the traffic is quiet and the day still cool to help things go as smoothly as possible.  We were rolling out of camp by […]

Yet Another Roman Ruin

Yet Another Roman Ruin

Most of the time we are tied to nobody’s schedule – we truly go where we please when we please.  In fact, I rarely know what day it even is, much less the time.  Today, though, was different.  Today was the day that we left Italy once again in order to begin the Eastern European […]

The Accordion

The Accordion

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Last night, after dinner was cleaned up, photos were processed, and we were closed up in the tent preparing to sleep, an enormous storm broke loose.  Perhaps to make up for all the missed storming in the day, the rain fell heavier and faster than we’ve ever witnessed on this trip and lightning lit the […]