June 21, 2014  |  The real thing

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 of Rome appear to be undergoing refurbishments and all have had some sort of scaffolding. The fountain was dry and surrounded by plastic panels. Still, we did it. Then we set off for a 68 miler, in 36 degree heat, primarily along the SS6, and with the biggest hill before lunch.

Lunch was a takeaway pizza followed by 3 scoops of amazing gelato. The terrain evened out for a while and we made good time this afternoon.

The day has had it’s events but no dramas. No one has fallen and we have been dry all day. We did have to stop to let some sheep pass as we rode through some farmland and Mark had to tinker with Andy’s bike some more but that just proved to be an entertaining break. Ian, Christine and I decided that we would wait with our feet in the cool gushing stream by the road until a lady came out from the house next to it and told us that it was infected, or something that sounded like that. She then disappeared and returned a short while later with a hose pipe, which we obligingly used to wash our feet. As we did so 2 gorgeous little kittens came to say hello so I was somewhat distracted with cat cuddles until well after the bikes were ready – happy days.

We carried on and with 15 miles to go stopped to rehydrate at a rather shady looking bar just off a roundabout with nothing else around. The bar lady was lovely though and filled our bottles, and added ice!

The last 15 miles included a few spikes, which were exhausting and fun all at once. Spinning is really paying off.

We have reached our hotel in 1 piece and we are shortly off to find dinner.




By Becci Johnson

Chief blogger and haribo coordinator.


  1. Sounds like a good day was had by all.

  2. Think you deserved a better day

    • It has been a hard trip so an easier day was welcome. All still in good spirits though.

  3. Great picture with the kitten so cute. Love your white gloves Becci !!!

  4. Tell Ian he is almost as messy with his ice cream as a 2 year old!