Europe 2012

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Featured Image: Ferry to Africa

A Ferry to Africa

The nerves start setting in about five hours before the ferry is set to depart from Palermo. For an extra €30 the hotel has let us stay in the room until 6pm which allows us some time to try and relax without having to contend with lugging bags around, storing them and hoping everything is […]

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Agrigento & Valle dei Templi, Italy (Ancient Temples)

Green Hills, Ancient Temples and the Mayhem of Sicilian Streets

Our destination for the next five nights is Antica Masseria Timparuci – a farm house just south of Modica. The trip should take only a few of hours but the traffic along our route is so heavy and the streets so narrow, that with an hour and a half under our belts we still have […]

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Amalfi Coast Ride, Italy (GoPro)

Four Days to Sicily

The next morning we say a long farewell to Magnolia House and our host Lucia, who’s parting gifts are a donation to our Lost for Good Project, a sprig from her palm Sunday service for Nita’s bike and a lovely bottle of wine! The sun is high in the sky and we all chat in the […]

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Amalfi & The Path of the Gods

The Ghosts of Vesuvius and Amalfi’s Winding Road

The self-inflicted pain of the morning eases as we ride towards Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. A quick recovery is needed since the day starts with about twelve tight switchbacks as we descend from Sulmare to the main street in Gaeta. Each turn is pock-marked with holes that bumpers have left behind and a few of […]

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Rome to Gaeta, Italy

Hellions and the Cats of Gaeta

We’ve been told that the route south of Rome will begin to show a different kind of Italy from that in the North. It doesn’t take long to see the towns change as we head past Ostia Antica and join the coastal roads heading towards Gaeta. The condition of the asphalt is declining and the […]

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Rome, Colesseum & Termi di Caracalla, Italy

When in Rome…

We start our day in Orbetello with a small caffè and a moment saying goodbye to our furry friend who’s been calling the space behind Nita’s back and the chair home for the past few days. Rather than heading straight south along the coast, we decide to head inland along some nice looking roads towards […]

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Featured Image: Argentario

The Road Rarely Taken

It doesn’t take long for the skies to open up and the rain to start falling. Luckily for us the days ride is incredibly short – it’s less than an hour to Livorno – an unexpected stop from Vicopisano – but with a mix of rain and snow we’re happy to have a quick outing today. Originally, we’d […]

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Vicopisano & Pisa, Italy

Beautiful Roads, Leaning Towers and Life on an Olive Farm

It’s a beautiful morning to be back on the road. The sun is still low in the sky but its fire is draping the seaside roads in a rich red that make us feel lucky to be here. We’re quickly through Nice and riding along the cliffs reveals a beautiful view of Villefranche. We stop […]

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Villeneuve-Loubet & Nice, France

A Painted Lady, a Reunion and Our Last Days in France

Our time at home over the holidays is fantastic. Surprising the families somehow manages to go off without a hitch and along with looks of shock, there are plenty of tears and happiness. Contrary to our firm belief that the seven weeks at home would eventually start to drag, it actually flies by and before […]

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Valbonne to Nice, France

A Different Kind of South

The end of our first leg is almost here. We’ve been formulating a plan over the past few weeks to surprise our families in Calgary with a visit over the holidays. It also gives us a chance to wrap-up some paperwork and many of the other odds and sods that need to be managed while […]

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