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Another mountain bike trail that gave us great views of Lake Garda and the northern basin of the Benaco. This path is intertwined with other trails we've already undertaken around Lake Garda, but introduces, for us, the novelty of Rocchetta pass. After the effort of the climb rewarded by breathtaking views, the descent leaning over Leano is just right for those who love speed.
1600 kilometers travelling by bike from the Anglo-Saxon territories to the capital city of Italy, the Via Francigena is the itinerary that the Archbishop Sigeric traveled in 990 to reach Rome after leaving from Canterbury 79 days before. Sigeric described in detail his long pilgrimage in his own diary and thanks to his precious testimony nowadays it is still possible to follow, at least in part, the ancient Via Francigena by bicycle, together with the thousands of pilgrimscycling travelers and wayfarers every year.
Short white hair, clear look, piercing eyes, Dervla Murphy is a Irish woman, nearly 82 years old and she's made so many bicycle trips... often from home, from his green Ireland. She grew up in Dublin, she spent his childhood studying in a convent school and then start taking care of her sick mother. Up to 30 years Dervla lived with his mother taking care of her, and sometimes devoting to short bicycle trips on the continent, but then something changed quickly...
With this short article I will try to explain how you can create  a GPS track, directly on your PC, to upload on your device and then follow it during an excursion in selected locations. This could be especially handy if you have not been able to locate on-line tracks that meet your needs created by other users. In this way, you can draw a custom path, to study short cut or deviations from the main track and assess elevation gain and distances to fit our training. Expect always some unexpected and plan therefore an emergency alternative, especially if the area of interest is located high on the mountains. At the end of the article you will find a video tutorial (unluckly only in Italian) that shows you the steps to follow once you've loaded Google earth.
One of the three wolves in a wildlife park in Trentino stops peering curiously those strange animals that observe her taking photographs.
1200 km of asphalt between the highest mountains of the world, the Karakoram Highway is one of the most dreamed by travelers... on foot, by bicycle, by motorcycle, hitchhiking! From Pakistan to China, we'll try to travel on Karakoram Highway, which, since 1978, when it was finished, tells the story of hundreds of workers who lost their lives during the construction and the story of countless travelers that walked, and still walk along it in all seasons and by any transport.
We decide to travel to Slovenia during a long holiday week end. Slovenia is a young state next to Italy and it surprised me by its vitality, but also for its ability to progress while keeping intact its own assets, cultural and natural. The visit began at Postojna Caves, magnificent natural works of art throughout the subsoil of the area, made up of thousands of stalactites and stalagmites that emerge from the rock; we then proceed directly to the quiet capital Ljubljana, and finally, turning to North West, we are back in Italy pausing for a night in the Triglav National Park, on the shores of Lake Bled.
At last we leave! After several days of organization and meetings to choose destination, route and stages of our journey to the tour Year 2005, we get on the camper that will take us first to Copenhagen and then to Amsterdam, to spend the last day of the past year and the first of the tour one. We are six and, since in this period it appears that the Italians have all decided to spend the holidays renting a motorhome, we have to arrange with a 5 +1 (five persons plus one, usually a child). As the saying goes, "The good weather you can see from morning...", and in fact: the morning of December 27 we reach the car parking, jump on the campervan and turn it on to heat it while we complete all burocratic formality (and you know, in Italy there are not few). The problem is that the rear heater does not work properly because the mask that protects the pilot flame comes off lighting the flame off with each breath. The owner fixs the problem and everything seems okay. We lost an hour of time but at least our "home" on four wheels should keep us warm in polar climate of northern Europe.
The Non valley, apples valley in Trentino, is one of the places in this region that are better suited to explore on snowshoes. Mount Roen, located in the highest part of the valley, overlooks the endless apple orchards on one side and the first edges of South Tirol on the other, those surrounding Kalterer lake.
In our ten months of bicycle touring in southeast of Asia we had the good fortune to meet many fellow travelers along our route and spend time with some of them amusing and entertaining. Among them are Eva and Mike, two Germans, cyclo-travelers  who visited eight countries in nine months cycling southeast of Asia. Here is a brief interview in which they tell us their stories ...
A classical trail for MTB lovers, around Latemar by mountain bike, in Trentino-Alto Adige. The loop around Dolomite's group that stands between Val di Fiemme and high Ega valley is a path that is suitable for people with a little fit, if you use Latemar's lifts and becomes an experts tour if you intend to use only your own forces! The strengths of this route are the views from Pampeago and Costalunga passes in addition to the magnificent amphitheater of Carezza lake at the foot of the Latemar group.
The Parenzana rail was an old narrow gauge railway that connected the city of Trieste to Buje and Poreč, Parenzo in Italian (whence the name Parenzana!). Built by the Austrian-Hungarians in 1902, it was the longest narrow gauge railway on the 760 mm. Ruins of the railway are still visible today and one of the most interesting tourist activity in the area is walking through the track (entirely or partially) by bike!
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