Italy Part III: Wild & Weird

Oh my…I am hot and tired! I sit and begin writing this on my first train since coming to Europe after attempting to cycle half way to Florence yesterday but I ran into snags. I am supposed to stay with a Warm Shower’s host tonight (little do I know at this point what’s in store for me). Okay let me back up a bit…
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Italy Part II: My New Strategy Came with A Bonus Meeting

After my crap cycling day, I devised some new strategies to attempt to make my cycling more enjoyable. First things first, eat a big, hearty breakfast – no excuses (for me that involves bread, butter (peanut butter if I have it), jam and yogurt (if available). This I did. Given the heat, I wanted to try getting on the road early and taking a break for a few hours in the middle of the day to write, and then cycling again later in the day. I did this too. I made it to the mid-sized old Italian town of Belzano by 11:30 am and stopped until 3:30 p.m. I wrote in a cafe and had a luscious lemon ice, a cappuccino, and a fresh Continue reading

Twists of Fate on the Way to Salzburg

 

Beep! Just one beep marks the arrival of the bakery lady dressed in a traditional Bavarian dirndl (dress). Out the back of a little truck, she sells fresh pretzels, breads, and an amazing plum covered cake –all made with locally grown ingredients. Each morning she arrives to the campground around 8:15 am. She beeps and the line forms at her truck. I loaded up for the day and then joined my artist-cyclist friend, Hubert, for our last breakfast along side the lake and alps. Continue reading

Renegade Camping

On the road again (la, la, la).  Up early, wrote, packed, and headed up to Roaster’s Coffee in Bodega Bay, where I’d come to know and enjoy the Irving family who ran the business.  Steel and I attempted to interview the troupes (I say attempted because our Google Hangout Air live show attempt was fun but no recording seemed to materialize on YouTube).  Fortunately, we did a separate interview using my Ipad so that will be forth coming.  After a fond farewell, I was on the road by 1:30 p.m. and heading back North Continue reading