One last Prosecco

One last Prosecco

September 24, 2014  |  The real thing  |  Comments Off

Back by popular demand, and for one post only – here goes with the promised ‘Welcome Home’ summary of our adventures in Italy.

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Bikes, trains and ferries

Bikes, trains and ferries

June 27, 2014  |  The real thing  |  5 Comments

Day 13 – Pizzo to Catania (Sicily)

With 841 miles cycled we have made up the rest of our 1000 miles by transporting our cycles to Sicily in something akin to a military operation; although maybe not quite as slick.

I clearly recall my A level history teacher (Mr Griggs for…

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Last day on the bike

June 26, 2014  |  The real thing  |  11 Comments

Day 12 – Cetaro to Pizzo

We have arrived. Our last proper day of cycling is over and our b&b tonight is over a gelato shop – heaven. According to the research we did before we came, Pizzo is the home of Italian ice cream, so we were expecting an array…

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4 ice creams

4 ice creams

June 25, 2014  |  The real thing  |  5 Comments

Day 11 – Sala Consilina to Cetaro

An 80 mile day today and we were all running on empty after yesterday’s adventure. Roberto and his family made us an amazing breakfast, including a cake baked specially that morning. We were overwhelmed by the service given that we were unexpected.

The biggest…

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Mad dogs and Englishmen (and a Swiss girl)

Mad dogs and Englishmen (and a Swiss girl)

June 25, 2014  |  The real thing  |  2 Comments

Day 10 – Salerno to Sala Consilina

Our 57 mile (shortest) day started with the wheel fitting back on my bike, only minor issue with the gears not sitting quite right but I can live with that. Having realised in the process that Mark had been carrying the wrong inner tube for mine and Ian’s bikes we stopped at a bike shop on the way to replace the useless one. Before Mark and I caught up the rest of the guys, as misfortune would have it, Andy got a puncture. I’m amazed that he lasted that long without marathon tyres and with all the off roading we have been doing.

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Sightseeing in Lycra

Sightseeing in Lycra

June 23, 2014  |  The real thing  |  3 Comments

Day 9 – Caserta to Salerno

Today’s ride has been interesting, not for the scenery or the hills but for the drama of cycling on the outskirts of Naples. We had heard before leaving home that Naples was a nightmare for driving but nothing could have prepared us for the…

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Crossing the river

Crossing the river

June 22, 2014  |  The real thing  |  1 Comment

Day 8 – Ceprano – Caserta

The route was unknown until we hit the road today because Mark had to do some interesting plotting to cope with the ridiculous garmin technology that did not want to find the roads. When we got an accurate plot we have actually ridden 65.

We started…

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SS6

SS6

June 21, 2014  |  The real thing  |  6 Comments

Day 7 – Rome to Ceprano

Today started with a mad rush to get the 5 of us up and out of the apartment in time for breakfast and an hour of sight seeing in Rome. We took in the Colosseum, Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain. Somewhat disappointingly the sights…

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When in Rome

June 20, 2014  |  The real thing  |  6 Comments

Day 6 – Tarquina to Rome

When in Rome with a bicycle you have to have eyes in the back of your head, the side of your head, and everywhere else as well. The drivers here are crazy, as are the moped drivers, and the pedestrians. Makes for some scary miles,…

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Wolf

Wolf

June 19, 2014  |  The real thing  |  1 Comment

Day 5 – Grosseto to Tarquina

As I write today’s post I am sipping prosecco in a bar that has a whole rack of haribo and the England match on a big screen. It looks more like a kebab shop but when all your needs are met, who cares.

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