2. Arrivederci Roma! (May 24)

Appian Way

Arriderci Roma!    Goodbye Rome

“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!

Packing up this heap of stuff into my 2 panniers. My wardrobe for the next two months.


My Brooks saddle arrived, and is as hard as a rock, but I’m very happy to have it.

I think.  We shall see…


Shimano gears and disk brakes, Bosch battery et al. I’m still learning how to get the max out of shifting gears on an ebike. My computer tells me all sorts of things as I go, from speed to distance to how long my battery will last. My whale Bell is perfect for warning off wolves.

Short test trips around home have helped to build my confidence (which is quite wobbly). Hopefully the only rain I will see on the trip will be from a fountain…



Simon will be giving me some backup for the first week. Then off I go solo…

“Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew.
Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”
― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Albert Einstein said: "Life is like riding a bicycle, to stay balanced you've got to keep moving". So to keep moving at my age, I'm wobbled off on my bike on the 26th May 2018. Starting from home in Rome and aiming for Oslo in Norway, to visit my family. (We are South African scatterlings). In a few words, I cycled up the spine of Italy along the hilly Apennines, across the Po valley and up over the Alps. Slightly west at Lake Constance to get into the Rhine Valley and heading up to Hamburg and then over to Denmark. A long haul up the west coast of Sweden into Norway and arrived in Oslo on the 24th July 2018. Admittedly it's much quicker to jet back and forth, but this time I'm going green, hoping to inspire others to ride their bikes too. E-bikes have made it possible to travel around much more easily, even for the unfit 'over-the-hill' grandmothers like me. Along the way I stopped to paint watercolour sketches, take photographs, visit beautiful towns. I hope to put this amazing adventure into a little book for those who fancy doing something similar.

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