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Thursday morning we woke up early to catch the train from Rome to Ancona, from where we plan on taking the overnight ferry to Split Croatia. But first, we have to tear down camp and ride 30- some kilometers from the campground, through the heart of Rome, past the Colosseum to the train station. We gave us plenty of time to catch the 11:29 train; unfortunately, with the heavy, crazy traffic and our GPS leading us into dead ends and up and down unmanageable sets of stairs, we managed to get to the station just as our train is rolling out.

After spending several days sightseeing Florence we made our way to Rome.  Sadly with every campsite being closed between Florence and Rome, we decided it would be more economical to just take the train. The cost of tickets was about the same price as one night in a hostel and way cheaper than a hotel, plus we would be there in 4 hours instead of 4 days.

Check-out at the hostel is at 9:00am, so we get up early, have a bite to eat, pack up our bikes and hit the road again. What initially just seemed like a foggy morning, soon turned into another cold, rainy, miserable, wet day. Also those nice bike paths that we were following from Brenner pass to Verona have disappeared and now we are forced to ride along cars on sometimes busy roads. Luckily, we are on our way to Bologna, which leads us through the Po-flats so there are at least no hills to climb. Every once in a while we even manage to find a couple of quiet isolated roads, usually these are roads with big ruts and potholes, that most people do not want to take their cars on.
The long riding days and the cold, rainy weather have worn on us, so we decided to take a little down time in Verona. After arriving late at the only youth hostel in town, getting settled into our room, and after a good night sleep, we went to sight see Verona. Even the sun peeked out
We have met David three years ago in Krakow, while we were visiting Auschwitz during our bike trip from Prague to Vienna. At that time David had been on the road traveling by trains, planes, buses, and what have you for 9 months and thought, he'd be done traveling once he'd be gone for a year. We were curious about his travels and how one could afford such an adventure, so we started talking with him. Actually, we met for dinner that evening and once we found out that we'd be in Budapest around the same time during our travels, we decided to meet up again in Budapest.
Whenever we are not visiting with friends and family or going for walks, we still continue to jump on our bikes to go places. Here are a few pictures from a our short excursion to Iphofen. Enjoy.
We contact three different private insurance brokers, in hopes of finding an affordable private insurance. Its coverage has to be compatible to the government run insurance, but it has to be available to foreigners, who are seeking a long term visa. Again, it sounds like an 20473735.thmeasy task, the reality looks very different. Every one of the brokers and private insurance sellers tells us, that legally, they are only allowed to sell us another international travel insurance.
While we are waiting for government agencies to make up their minds about visas and insurances, we take a few day-tours around the area. There are several bike paths leading out of town. Most are paved some wind their way through woods and the countryside on dirt and gravel. Either way, they are all fun to ride on, while exploring the area around the house...and it feels soooo good to be back on the bike!