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Cycling in southern Italy along the Mediterranean coast

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I'm enjoying some great cycling while visiting family in Italy. My first stop was Milan to visit my daughter who is a student at the University of Milan (aka Statale). We had a nice visit that included Lake Como.

I then flew to the other end of Italy to stay with my 92 year-old farther-in-law. I immediately purchased a Trek adventure bike ( http://www.trekbikes.com/it/it/bikes/mountain/dual_sport/ds_series/8_1_ds/ ) for local exploration and to eventually use for multi-day tours. My plan is to ride about 250 miles and climb about 20,000 ft over eight days, using Amantea as my base. The biking is truly epic here. Here is today's route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/410329428/

I'm staying about 125 miles south of Amalfi. My routes have minimal traffic. Today I used a older coastal road that was the main north-south coastal road until about 1965. My routes follows the old road for the first 6 miles, and then I'll climb at a 5% to 10% rate for 4 or more miles. Today I came down a narrow one and a half lane road. It was steep, with a long string of 20% switchbacks, dropping about 1500 ft in 4 miles.







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Edited by WILDCAT - 5/8/14 at 6:24am
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This is the town of Amantea. This is where I'm staying and my base for every ride.

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A visit to the local Farmers Market;


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I will pray for you that looks awful;)
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Yesterday's ride was an almost continuous 4000 ft climb to an alpine land of cow-bells, cattle and goats. The ride started at sea level among palm trees and cactus. It reached it's turn-around point in foggy alpine air and scrubby mountain growth.

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Edited by WILDCAT - 5/10/14 at 5:36am
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Wow. Amazing. Lucky you. Enjoy!
post #7 of 14
Michael, you lucky dog! Enjoy and post more pics!

Mike
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Thanks Mike, will do.
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Miscellaneous pictures from Italy;

The fast boat from Como to Villa Carlotta;



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The canals of Milan;

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post #10 of 14

Nice stuff.  Hardly a car in any of your photos, especially on bike route!

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Crystal clear air provided the chance for more pictures.





Isola Stromboli can be seen on the horizon. It's a volcanic Island about 3 hours by fast boat.

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The view north from about 2500 ft above sea level.








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Edited by WILDCAT - 5/13/14 at 10:57am
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One day I hope to make it to ride here! Having raced for over 30 years, it is hard to think I have never raced or ridden in Italy...  This is a great series and that climb is making my mouth water. 

 

Also, I like the fact that you are able to show how simple life can be as that market looks fantastic.. Who needs packaged produce... 

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Originally Posted by ralba View Post

One day I hope to make it to ride here! Having raced for over 30 years, it is hard to think I have never raced or ridden in Italy...  This is a great series and that climb is making my mouth water. 

Also, I like the fact that you are able to show how simple life can be as that market looks fantastic.. Who needs packaged produce... 

Thank you for the thoughtful comments. :-)
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