The journey from Florence to Rome: bike says no

   Wednesday 17th June Miles: 40 Today we left Florence and began the journey south to Rome. We have given ourselves a very generous 6 days to get there so that we can enjoy some of the lakes on the way. It was an easy-going start. A few hills, but not bad. We stopped at…

Turin to Florence: hills for days

   Friday 5th June Miles: 57 Another blazing hot day, with temperatures as high as 32 degrees!  We were out of our tent by 7.15AM (basically because it was hot) and were setting off by 8.40 – practically unheard of.  We made the mistake of going to an enormous and hugely busy supermarket to get…

The Alps part 2: good things come to those who pedal

Sunday 31st May Miles: 36 Our campsite was at an altitude of just over 1000 metres. Our location, Gap, was at about 750 metres. We thought that this morning’s cycle would be not too bad, and mostly downhill.  After this many days in the Alps, how could we still be so naive?  The day began…

The Alps part 1: are we nearly there yet?

Wednesday 27th May Miles: 0 Today was our designated departure day, but unfortunately Eric was still feeling green around the gills, so we opted for staying in Grenoble for another day.  This was so frustrating for both of us, because we had already waited almost a week for the weather to clear. By delaying for…