Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ciao a tutti da Italia!

Hello from Italy!

There were lots of requests for updates from Italy so here is the first one!  The first week was quite low key as we were adapting to the change in time and weather.  We arrived in Torino late July 8th.  It was hot and far more humid than I had expected.  First ride was mid after noon July 9th, felt like 3 am, to find a local bike store.  This ride was just over an hour.  Quick lesson on riding down town in a European metropolis city any one!  Which way was that going?  Why is that there?  Why is this lane yellow?  Where did he come from?  Where are the traffic lights?... oh there they are, why are there 4 sets at this intersection?  What!?  8 lanes going in 10.5 different directions in one intersection!?!?  Uhhh what?  Never found the bike store but lucky to have found my way back to the hotel.

We spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday riding around trying to find routes out of the city.  Basically we followed any cyclist we saw and took all the notes we could.  By the end of the week our map looked like a 4 year olds drawing of down town Singapoure done with an eatable 6 pack of crayons .  (yeah crayons!!)  In total, got in 10 hours in the first 4 days of riding and orienteering.

Saturday was a day off to shop around and check out some of the local attractions.

Ciao for Now!

Harley and Sarah.

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