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Korcula Island End to End

Croatia is a paradise so far. We’ve had perfect weather, smooth roads, outstanding fresh-baked breads, and good company. This morning we woke, a little exhausted truth be told, since Stephen had a weird pillow (it was like 7 inches thick on one side) and had tossed and turned all night. Combining that with my cough […]

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Ferries, Errands, and Islands

“Nothing I can say, a total eclipse of the heart…” I guess I can think of worse things than being woken up by 80s pop hits at 6am on a ferry that has left a lot to be desired in terms of home comforts, but it seemed like a major trial this morning. By 7:30 […]

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Fall Down, Get Up, Keep Going

Today started with a slightly monotonous ride along a very straight, very flat, seaside road. We passed hotel after hotel, cabana after cabana, and beachside cafe after beachside cafe, all being painted, renovated, and generally cleaned up by their various owners in anticipation of “the season”. It felt very seasonal out, with the thermometer reaching […]

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Rest Day in Urbinzoo

Today I got to have two naps! Two! And I did yoga for about 15 minutes. Such luxury. We love our little room (complete with an entire kitchen inside a cupboard!) at the B&B Albornoz so much that we decided to stay a second night. Another huge expense, but much needed, since our bodies and […]

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Stephen on a ledge

Still Finding Our Rhythm

We were up early(ish) today and, thanks to a bit of extra organization last night, managed to leave our little farmhouse around 9:30. We decided to head back into Gubbio to see the town properly before moving along. We rode through the streets of town until we found a cute cafe with WiFi. Stephen ordered […]

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Boats on Lago Trasimeno

A Little Slice of Home

When Stephen opened the shutters this morning, we saw something we hadn’t seen since we left LA. Bright, unabridged, full-on sunshine! Being on the second floor of one of the few buildings on Isola Polvese, we had a gorgeous view of the glass-like lake and the small hill town of Castiglione del Lago in the […]

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Stephen riding uphill

Ride On, Until We Get There: Cycle Touring Orvieto, Italy

Misty swirls decorated Orvieto this morning, giving the whole city a romantic (and slightly gothic) feel. It was easy to imagine gallant heroes on horses clattering through the streets on their way to defend some poor helpless maiden. But it was only our bikes clattering through the streets, shaking and rattling as we rode across […]

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a cycle trip through the hill towns of italy

Up, Up, Up: Cycle Touring Orvieto, Italy

After a solid sleep in our free campsite, we woke up refreshed to dry skies and a cold morning. It was hard to get out of the sleeping bags, but the vision of an angry olive farmer with a chainsaw helped motivate us. There was no prospect of sun, so we broke camp in the […]

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Wine Bottles

On The Fifth Day We ‘Rested’: The Delights of Pitigliano, Italy

We set aside today as an off-bike day so we could visit with our old friends Luciano, Alessandro, and their families. Though we’d been calling this a “rest day”, not much rest was in store for us. For a start, last night was the night Italians “spring ahead” for the end of daylight savings, which […]

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Stephen on Bike

Ask and Ye Shall Receive a Very Long Answer: Tarquinia, Italy

Today was our first official day on the bikes! Hooray! First though, we had to get out of Rome. We had been warned that taking a train with your bikes was as confusing a thing as anyone had ever attempted, so after breakfast, Stephen went over to Termini to see what he could find out. […]

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