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Sep 17, 2018 - CROSSING: Isle Pontile, Ischia to. Isle.Ponza(12:30p to 8:00pm)

Good morning.... we are getting a later start, waiting for Stephen to arrive on the ferry from Naples. Marina is bustling around the boat, while I had my own agenda — like laundry. Stephen came back with Jacques around noon, and we hoisted anchor and were on our way by 12:30p.m. (pic) As we left Pontile, I waved goodbye..... (pic) (pic) We continue cruising along the Eastside of Ischia. Once we got to Casamichelo harbor, and Lacco y meno I found myself waving a vigorous bye bye. I even managed to find the “mushroom” rock and take a...

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Sep 16, 2018 - CROSSING; HBR Amalfi, Italy to Pontile, Ischia (Italy). (8:00a to1:00p)

Copolla came to Milena early this morning, and told us we had to leave now if we wanted to fuel up before we left. Being “a prosciutto slice of a BIG BOAT sandwhich”, Copolla helped us to squuuuuueeeeezze out of our spot, that was so very roomy when we arrived yesterday. (pic) . We were like a cork, being ejected from champagne, as we “popped” out from between two boats, as our slip immediately disappeared as it was swallowed up by our two neighbors. With Copolla and his zodiac at our side we carefully made our way toward the gas...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Stage 22 Lucca to San Miniato

Overview/ Highlights Now there are only 6 of us. After Tom, Richard and I had breakfast in the town, Gaylene, Ian and Goran joined us for a little explore of Lucca (to find the famous ‘auditorium’ ) before we rode off on the VF route for the day. It was a fairly flat day’s riding through small towns and lightly rural landscape. Relatively densely populated countryside. Roads were generally fine. Stopped in Altopascio at a nice bar, for our morning coffee. They had a yummy iced coffee thickshake thing AND gf pastries in the freezer. Yippee,...

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Sep 14, 2018 - CROSSING: HBR Reggio Calabria, Italy to Capo Palinuro, Italy (5:00a. to 9:00p)

Good Morning, and welcome to yet another day on Milena and her continued crossing to France, and Vieux Port, Cannes. For me, my day began the best of all days..... I got to talk to Lida... and even Ty.... It was so good to hear her voice again..... Blessings to you,Lida and thank you for handling all my complicated stuff when I am not home! My first picture of the day was after Milena had successfully maneuvered the Straits of Messina, while I was on the telephone. (pic) (pic) (pic) (pic) Our journey now Northward on the West side of the...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Stage 18 Fornovo to Berceto

Overview/ Highlights We knew we had a big climb today so everyone was geared up (so to speak) for it. Tom headed off first to taking it nice and slowly. Helen and Gaylene followed later whilst Richard helped Ian replace his broken spoke with a special kevlar spoke that Tom had brought. Yay, Tom to the rescue. Meanwhile I had a pretty slow start to the day after little sleep and several bouts of vomiting through the night. No idea what caused it and although I was fully recovered by morning but I certainly wasn’t in top form for the climb....

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Sep 10, 2018 - Stage 17 Piacenza to Fornovo

Photos to be added Overview/ Highlights Lovely cycling on decent back farm roads in the morning. Lovely countryside with lots of tomatoes lying in the fields. Hot day with nasty climb 3/4 way in. Morning tea in Besanzone. Lovely little town with a nice bar and friendly baker. Lunch in Fidenza. Bike shop guy pumped our tyres but didn’t sell any bike components that we wanted. Not even bike oil or chamois cream!!! Arrived at delightful B&B accommodation and Ian found he had a broken spoke. Much bike cleaning although some of us just...

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Sep 7, 2018 - Stage 14 Verres to Vercelli

We are half way to Rome. 800kms done. Gaylene birthday and we had lots of gravel(thick gravel!) roads. But overall a flat 94km day. Bought long candles to go on gaylenes dessert. Hilarious. They had no idea what to do with them. Put one in each of our desserts and Tichard had to correct their mistake before it was brought to the table... but the candles were never lit!!!’n Total kms 913

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 5- Cassino

We are on our way to Assisi. We made one stop along the way. A WWII cemetary for allied forces from the British Empire. The Germans had taken over the abbey on the top of hill. The Allied Force were trying to take it back. Hundreds died during the battle. This cemetary was dedicated to those who lost lives.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 5 Assisi

We were scheduled to spend the night in the town of Assisi. While we were there, we went on a tour of the St. Francis Basilica. St. Francis founded the Francescean Order over 800 years ago. After his death, the Basilica was built and St. Francis buried under the main chapel. The Basilica has several beautifully painted chapels within the building. The Basilica is in the middle of a quaint medival hillside town. It is amazing that these small towns are still standing and people are still occupying the centuries old houses and shops.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Sestri Levante

19 July 2018 Our last day in Italy and we all opted for a quiet restful day. Don & Pam are paying the penalty in the legs from yesterday's climbing effort. Not so Trudie, she is fine, but just a little tired. Had a later breakfast, wrote some postcards and then went for a walk to post the cards, visit the chemist and also sort out some money. Marcel & Trudie did their own thing and then we met in the cool of the hotel sitting room for a game of cards. We went for another walk downtown for a bite to eat, and then decided to have a rest for a...

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Jul 18, 2018 - Sestri Levante

18 July 2018 This was the day that three of us became Italian mountain goats! Set off with a sort of plan, which got amended at our first stop. Caught the train to Manarola and checked with a very helpful lady at the coffee shop about walking to Corniglia. She very quickly told us "no" to what we were planning to do. Suggested we catch the bus to Volastra where we could join the track to walk to Corniglia. Sounded good, so off we go. A very steep bus ride UP to Volastra, directions from the bus driver, and all good to get on our way. A...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Sestri Levante

17 July 2018 Not the best night's sleep we have enjoyed. Don was not too bad with his cough, but Pam's throat decided it would keep her awake. Gave up at some stage during the night and found Don's pills, which relieved the soreness for a while. Met Marcel and Trudie for breakfast and decided we would still head off for Monterosso on the 9.50am train. Dosed up on Don's pills for a second time, the throat came good and we enjoyed a lovely day out. Decided not to tackle any big walks between towns today, and we all enjoyed mooching around...

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