6. Bolsena to Bagni San Filippo – Day 4 (May 30)

Yesterday was a sore day. My beloved Brooks saddle is unforgiving, but the scenery was breathtaking. We set off after a hearty goodbye to our nun, and took the back roads out of the crater. Stopping to view the huge Lake Bolsena, which looked back at us with one grey eye. This place has been […]

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5. Freewheeling. ( May 29)

The thing about being a granny on a long bike ride, is one never knows what might conk in. So far so good. Early morning at the coffee bar in Vetralla you can have a whiskey corretto (in Italy it’s usually the other way around, an espresso with a dash of liquor). Traffic was quite […]

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4. Francigena – the old road. (May 28)

Simon and I left Nonna Loreta to clean up our breakfast dishes, and rode up into the hills, passing a pretty sanctuary for a blessing. It is Brandon’s 30th birthday today! Madonna del Sorba I met Doris, a very nice lady from Bremen who is walking the pilgrimage to St.Peters. Flocks of white butterflies are […]

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3. The Jitters – Day 1 (May 26)

What a lovely surprise to see so many friends pitch up to see us off. Simon said he wanted a cappuccino at Wunderkaffe, and there they were! Thank you everyone, for the great send off.     A little wobbly along the Appia Antica, still getting the hang of my panniers. They weigh about 14 […]

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