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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!
My first solitary cycling journey could not be made except by a special occasion and it was my graduation. The program was, to say the least, approximate since on a Friday afternoon I made to think about the journey (to be achieved in one week, not to far from home, cheap and in a country where the temperature was acceptable in February) and on Sunday I started. Initially the idea was to ride along a stretch of the Danube cycling path: close to "mine" Trentino but certainly far from "hot" I was looking for... discarded! Another idea: Camargue and the south coast of France to Barcelona (where I went to visit an aunt): too far... is not feasible! That's why i choosed to ride Corsica by bicycle.
The memories, like photographs, are a bit faded by the time, so I apologize if the description of the raid is not very detailed. What remained in my mind disinclined archiving (the memory has already begun to betray me even though I am still very young ... and considering this i'm a bit worried!) Is certainly the variety of the Tuscan landscape, as well as excellent food eaten in the farm where we were guests. The trip, this time carried out together with friends Alexander and Nicholas, started from the capital region: Florence. After a brief visit to the beautiful city of art, we started from Piazzale Michelangelo to Umbria. After tapping countries of Bibbiena, Monterchi, Anghiari, Gubbio, climbed Mount Pratomagno and visited the shrine of Chiusi della Verna, we reached our destination: Assisi.
Argentina's fame is usually linked to tango and gauchos, but much many bike travelers are mostly attracted to its natural wonders that range from northern deserts to the southern Cordillera de los Andes and to the marvelous and desolate landscapes of the land at End of the World, a perfect place for a bike trip, Patagonia.
Just in this extreme land I decided, together with Alessandro, to make my first bike trip.
The enraptured descriptions by Chatwin (the book “In Patagonia” is a must-have for whom is going to make a travel in those lands) have actually influenced me in the choice of my first great adventure on two wheels, although boundless and “free” spaces have always extremely attracted a “prisoner” like me (since I live in the middle of the Alps – gorgeous for other reasons – infinite horizons are not very familiar to me!).
Unique landscapes dreamed as a child. The idea of freedom, of wild and generous nature, of danger and adventure... All of this is what has always awakened in me the thought of the mythical American West. A myth grew up watching Jonh Wayne's movies, listening to the memorable soundtracks of Ennio Morricone and admiring hundreds of photographs taken in those boundless landscapes ... And now the dream become reality. Fifteen days! This is the short period that I have given to myself (along with three other friends) to make a loop that lead us to discover the great national parks in the far west of the United States. Point of departure and arrival is set in the chaotic city of Los Angeles. Amid, immersion in the wilderness and majestic of large parks, departing from Grand Canyon, passing through the Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, the Archies N.P., Bryce Canyon, Yosemite N.P. .. During one stage and the other, some stops in the city to resume contact with the diverse mix of races that is the American people: first, shocking Las Vegas and then, relaxing San Francisco.
Here you find our MTB's tracks. Just click on the bicycle to show some track's details and a link to a complete article (for the moment there are just few translations in english, we apologize for that but you can still download GPX file and follow it during your holiday or ask for information to us... we will surely answer in a basic english). You can dowload GPX files entering the download area.
Brazil: my first intercontinental journey brings me to discover one of the richest countries in the world, speaking about biodiversity and natural beauty and home of, perhaps, the most cheerful, crazy and hospitable people. This is what I actually experienced about this country: nature, majestic performances given by water, animals and plants, jovial hospitality and delightful persons... But also poverty, misery, injustice and violence, unfortunately, always present in the big cities. The huge territory covered by this nation forced me to limit my itinerary to southern regions only, without reaching either the Amazon rainforest or the beautiful (at least they said me) coastal areas close to Salvador de Bahia. Anyway I was able to enjoy an exciting journey, with visions and meetings that will remain forever in my heart and eyes...
Everything has started from my brother's proposal. At the beginning of the week he tells me that Thursday he would leave to France to attend the cycling race La Marmotte, the most prestigious amateur biicycle race on transalpine soil, which involves mythical climbing as Croix de Fer (Glandon), Telegraphe, Galibier and the final Alp d'Huez. He asks me if I want to escort him and, after a short indecision, I accept. 
We leave Thursday afternoon, destination Les 2 Alps: me, my brother, his girlfriend and another couple of friends who will participate (without victory ambitions) to the race in the Alps. 
At the end, result of these three splendid days dedicated to cycling: beautiful sunny days, a thrilling ride on bicycle along Tour de France's roads and, as cherry on the cake, my brother's victory: he managed to beat Dutchman, Bert Dekker, after a hearthbreaking duel I've followed from the first to the last mile with the car.
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