Life after work and the trips of a lifetime

"We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start." - Anonymous

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, your body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "Woo hoo! What a ride!..attributed in this form to either Maxine Cartoon or anon

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Onto the mainland


The weather has been a bit unkind with a couple of stormy nights.  our first night in Calabria was thunderous and lightning-ous but our Quechua tents were up to the task..all except the poor guy who parked his in a bit of a dip.

The terrain has been somewhat challenging much so that I threw in the towel and bought a compact gear.  So I’ve moved from 53/39 chain ring to a 50/ I’ve lost 3 fast gears but gained 5 slow ones and boy oh boy do i need them.

Each uphill/mountain in itself might not be huge by what we’re going to face later on in the  Dolomiti, but add them up together and you’ve got a sufferfest for most of us.

Today our route had an unexpected diversion which took us for about a 5 km extra trip over roads that  maxxed out at 19%….I had to get off and walk a coupla times. 

Reason for the diversion?..not everyone took it!!1st landslide

6 degrees of separation is in force here with someone having  done a workshop at PJC, someone else’s daughter being a 3rd year physio student at La Trobe and yet another person having an orienteering connection.

The ferry from Messina onto the mainland caused us a bit of concern as although the vehicles got on ok, we got left behind. 


Luckily there was another in 30 minutes which just gave me enough time to buy a limone granite..a must, along with Arencini if you’re in Sicily (so I was told)…spellings are possibly wrong!

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