- #Wellchild is an amazing charity that is worth supporting
- Pavarotti was born in Lucca
- Don’t trust the Garmin – every day has been at least 10 miles more than the Garmin predicted – probably partly due to general cocking around by all concerned.Real maps are required at all times.
- Ponte Rosso is not the same at Ponte Vecchio
- Coming to Italy and not going to Pisa or Florence (having passed within 10km of each) is an unforgivable crime
- Climbs are too steep
- The road surfaces are shocking – sore hands and sore feet
- Italy has lots of prostitutes
- Never cycle through a major city in rush hour ever
- Trains in Italy are free
- Italian wine is fantastic – haven’t had a bad bottle yet
- Italians make the best coffee, by a country kilometre
- 200km a day is far too much for 6 days in a row
- There is more rain in Italy than we expected
- The Italian coastline has some horrific terrain for cycling – short 100-200m climbs followed by rapid downhills time and time again. Tough stuff for tired legs
- Its taken us over 6 days in Italy to actually see our first Ferrari
- Jumping central reservations on motorways is not advisable
- Time trialling in a 4.5km tunnel (twice) is not advisable
- Cycling on motorways is not smart
- It rains every single day in Italy
Most of the day we were off road on really terrible roads. All feeling sick on too many gels and too many energy drinks.
Spent most of the morning heading for a bike shop near to Perugia to hopefully fix James’ back wheel once and for all (or even to buy a new one) – bike shop near to Lidl just outside Perugia. After much cross country and climbing, eventually “arrived” at the destination – a small side road in the middle of the countryside. Google Maps messed up this time and we’ve now added another 10km to the trip!
Gave up, found a pit stop for food, drinks and coffee and headed towards Maggione and Lake Tressimeno.
Climbed over from Maggione to the lake and cycled the length of the lake on before heading north to Arrezzo. Stopped for the most amazing ice cream
Ice creams at 4pm in the sunshine, pictures by the lake. The world was a beautiful place. 30 minutes later, the world was not so pretty. Another storm approached and we were wet, cold and miserable within ½ hour. It all went horribly wrong very quickly.
James’ headed to Arrezzo for another bike shop, we took the more “direct” route. A tough afternoon later arrived at a super Agri-Tourism stop-over only to find that James and Colin were already there – how did that happen? Naturally after endless miles in the saddle we arrived too late for supper and were facing the prospect of yet another pizza but the host took pity, opened his wine cellar and laid on feast which only Colin could have bettered. All of us were secretly hoping that Belgium would sneak a win over Italy but probably the best result for us all was the 2-0 Italy win.
Headed to the bunk and vowed to get up early the next morning to plan our day properly , including regular pit stops for food and drink, and meeting points along the way for our intrepid guide, Colin.