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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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Half-Way Between Heaven and Earth in Orvieto, Italy

Having a day off from cycling sounds like a good idea, but we have learned from reading other blogs that days off are usually filled with the tasks that filled our day today: laundry, repacking, finding WiFi to let our family and friends know we are still alive, updating the blog, grocery shopping, and planning […]

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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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Happy April Fools, Fools: Cycle Touring Central Italy

We received so many warnings about so many things before our trip even began that we now take any caution lightly. Maybe a little too lightly. Today we left Alex and Kasia behind and we headed out on what we consider to be Day 1 Proper. Our plan was to head towards Valentano, a 44km […]

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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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Grasses in Italy

Finally, A Real Biking Day to Capalbio, Italy

We have been in Italy for four days and have so far cycled 15km. Today we plan to bike 40 more, from Tarquinia to the beachside campground where we are meeting our friends from Torino. I’m very excited to get on the road, to see how our mapping works, to see how we handle the […]

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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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The Hand of the Hand of God: Meeting the Pope in Rome

This morning was rainy and dreary so we stayed inside, ate a leisurely breakfast and then sat in the lounge, writing, editing pictures, and planning our next move. I was happily working away until suddenly I realized we were sitting in a basement looking at my computer when I should be outside, experiencing Rome. Before […]

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Ciao Ciao Jet Lag Jet Lag

The best way to combat jet lag is melatonin pills. However, I don’t have any. I do however have jet lag, a lost bike, many touristy sights to see, and a yoga class to teach tonight. (Here are 8 other totally do-able ways to kick jet lag‘s nastiness →) Key phrase of the day: Una doppio […]

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The Indignities of Air Travel

We’ve been observing today that air travel is a distinctly rotten way to start a trip. There’s the mind-numbing sterility of airports (though we must say Heathrow has really pulled up her socks since last time we were there). There’s the indignity of being folded into a space just slightly shorter than your femur bones […]

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