We've been home for nearly 3 weeks now and the birthday parties and tax returns are done. We visited with family and a few friends - great to see the ones we were able to see, sorry we did not get to see you all! And now the bikes are in a box and ready to travel to Italy. We have our panniers packed, now with many fewer clothes than originally planned and we purchased a map or two and have a general idea which way we will head once we arrive in Milan.
We are not sure the availability of internet access on our bike route, but we are hopeful that we will be able to keep the travel journal updated as we roll along. And we hope you will follow with us on the final stage of this journey.