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Boats on Lago Trasimeno

Croatia or Italy: Which is the Best Destination for Your Adventure?

Are you wondering whether to visit Croatia or Italy? We’ve spent plenty of time in both… read on as we help you make your decision between Italy or Croatia! It’s probably a terrible idea to compare countries. Our Italian friends will protest, our Croatian friends will groan. Even so, we decided it would be fun […]

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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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A Whole Country Crossed

We left our hilltop retreat this morning and headed down. And down. It was some of the easiest and most pleasant riding we have done thus far. We’ve found that where there is a modern highway there is often the old, smaller, and much less-used road running alongside it. In Italy, some of them are […]

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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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A Snail’s Pace: Cycle Touring Lago Trasimeno, Italy

The rain that was constant all night long had graciously stopped by the time we woke up. We decided that instead of the 90 km we biked yesterday we would make today a much shorter, slower travel day. We planned to only go 25km, slowly riding around Lago Trasimeno to a ferry which would take […]

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orvieto italy

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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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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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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