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A 1,500 km cycle ride from South West London to the village of Fosdinovo in northern Tuscany.

May 19, 2017


From quadruple digit distance to travel to triple and now only double digit!  My how distance diminishes quickly when you're having fun.

Left the sleepy hamlet of Berceto after having the Francigena passport stamped by the local priest.  Also paid my respects to...

May 18, 2017

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107 km and £875 to go until BOTH targets are reached! WHOOP!   

If you have already donated, thank you so much.   If you haven't and would like to there

is still time and it will be a real incentive to help me get up that final hill!  

Here...

May 17, 2017


To think I thought the SS 228 from Ivrea to Vercelli was straight and flat.  At least I was passing rice fields with unique irrigation channels to look at.  By way of contrast, however, the SS 9 - which runs from Piacenza to Parma - is, until it reaches Fidenza, 37 km...

May 16, 2017

Like its surrounding countryside Piacenza is a largely flat and spread out city that lends itself to cycling as a prominent form of private transport.  For all ages.


Interestingly though (or not), despite being based on one of the largest rivers in Italy (River Po) the...

May 15, 2017

Here are three things about Pavia I bet you didn't know .....

1. It's stunning looking bridge, called the "Ponte Coperto" , sits over the River Ticino.

2. It was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards from 572 to 774.  Only about 1,114 years before Australia...

May 13, 2017


Left Verres under a near cloudless sky and temperatures in the low 20's with next to no wind.  This was going to be a good day to be on a bike.  It turned out to be a GREAT day.

Leaving Verres I had about another 20km in the Aosta Valley which put on a magnifice...

May 12, 2017


After discovering yesterday that the pass was closed and an evening discovering that Keith CPA from New Jersey CAN drink, we both caught the same bus through the tunnel that connects Switzerland with Italy.

Some facts on the tunnel

- Elevation 1,918 metres (6,291 fe...

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