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.
Edited by WILDCAT - 5/8/14 at 6:24am