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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
The last few days we have been doing a lot of cycling through the region known as South Tyrol Italy trying our best to finally get out of the snow. Our legs are pretty worn out, but we have hopefully left all the snow behind us. Now if we could get the rain to stop and have some
After a relaxing night, we again wake up to beautiful blue skies and what we thought was going to be smooth cycling downhill to Innsbruck and the start of our climb towards Brenner Pass. However, we are quickly surprised to discover that as we leave our little town, we are once again climbing and the climb continues for 5 miles.
After spending some quality time with Petra's childhood friend, we hit the road again and pick up another well known route called, Via Claudia Augusta that heads south and over the Alps.  The morning is wet, damp, and cold and as we left the city limits of Augsburg it turned into a

 travel vaccinationsTravel vaccinations,

do you or do you not get them? This is a fairly common question that many long term travelers ask. This is a decision that you will have to make, but we decided on getting them before setting out on our journey.  However, we also decided to wait until we were in Germany before getting all of them
helinox chair oneWe were first introduced to the Helinox Chair One back in Rhonda, Spain by a cycle touring Dutch couple and we thought it looked like a very nice chair. However, at the time we had the Walkstool and were pleased with its performance. As we continued our journey across
So you have been on the road for a few days without a shower and your hair is scraggy looking. Maybe you would like to stop for a quick snack after this morning's group ride, but you are experiencing a bad case of "helmet" hair. Perhaps you are on a long term bicycle tour and are on your way to becoming a "long hair" or maybe you just want to look cool and wear something different on your noggin.