May
20th
2010

Wine Valley Off-season


Wine valley off-season

As we’ve travelled through the Rhone Valley and Provence, we’ve been passing through some of the vine-rich regions of France. The sun has been out, the hills have been small and sometimes the wind has been behind us, but it feels like we’ve caught these places at the wrong time of year. – Posted by Emma

May
25th
2010

Italian Impressions


Italian impressions

Our last day in France saw us hoping for an easy ride across the Col de Braus and into Italy through a small pass to the north of Nice. However after a roadside chat with local cyclist Patrick, we were a little more cautious. He said we would never make it on our heavy bikes to Italy on that day as we had 3 passes and at least 15km of climbing ahead. – Posted by Justin

May
31st
2010

Po River Riding


Po river riding

To get quickly across Italy to Florence we chose to cycle along the pancake flat Po valley for a couple of days. From a campsite at Alba where we ordered replacement sleeping mats to be delivered in Florence, we descended from the last of the vine covered hills with their views of hill-top towns on each peak and into Italy’s agricultural lands. – Posted by Emma

June
3rd
2010

Cherries At Casa Nova


Cherries at Casa Nova

Back in Alba we had made contact with a few Warm Showers hosts in Bologna to see if they had room for us to stay for a few days while were were trying to arrange the delivery of our new sleeping mats. One of these hosts, Kersten, responded that she had moved to a small town called Sassoleone in the hills north of Florence. After leaving the Po River valley and still with no campsites (or showers) in sight we decided to head towards Sassoleone for a few days with Kersten. – Posted by Justin

June
3rd
2010

4000 Kilometre Photo


4000 kilometre photo

After speeding across the flat argenes alongside the Po river we have made it to 4000 kilometres very quickly. This photo was taken on 03 June as we headed East towards Sassoleone through the Appennino hills, climbing just outside Bisano. Unlike the previous 1000km mark on this occasion we weren’t stinky.
– Posted by Emma

June
8th
2010

Italian Gear Drop


Italian gear drop

Most of our gear is holding up pretty well so far but with May and June birthdays in mind and a few repair parts needed, we got some bits and pieces ordered to reach us in mid-June. If you’re planning an extended cycle-touring trip you might find the following interesting. – Posted by Emma

June
21st
2010

The Easy Life In Tuscany


The easy life in Tuscany

After two weeks of rigorous testing I can confirm that spending your holiday-time with a car, firm mattress and washing machine is vastly more comfortable than cycle touring through the summer heat. We were lucky to spend two weeks in relative luxury with my parents Bruce and Judy who had flown over from New Zealand for a couple of weeks with us. – Posted by Emma

June
24th
2010

Day Of Food – Italy


Day of food - Italy

This is what we ate during one cycling day in Italy. We ticked all the boxes for the clichéd Italian food as our day started from a forest free camp continued as we cycled through towns pre-occupied with the Italy vs Slovakia world cup match and ended in our quietest free camp yet next to the Fonte Avellana monastery. Maybe the monks vow of silence has spread to the forest critters! – Posted by Emma

June
28th
2010

Road To Piano Grande


Road to Piano Grande

To the title music from a spaghetti western we headed off into the sunset on the road to Piano Grande. Well at least that’s how I had pictured it when I first read a guide book description of the Piano Grande area. – Posted by Justin

July
1st
2010

Surreal Ride Up Coast To Ancona


Surreal ride up coast to Ancona

We were at danger of staying in Italy forever, so looking at maps and timetables over beers in Montegello we made a rash decision to cut our hilly meander short and head straight for the coast, then up to Ancona to catch a ferry to Croatia in just three days. – Posted by Emma