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We found a very nice campground outside of Split, which we plan on calling home for the next few days. It is located right at the beautiful, clean beach with the bluest water we have seen; and it must have the nicest staff and cleanest facilities we have experienced in a very long time.

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.

After a few days on the road, we finally arrived in Florence. We did the tourist thing and visited most of the sights, including the famous statue of David. Sadly, we were not allowed to take a photo of it because of the "NO photo" police were in full force, yelling at anyone that even looked like they were going to touch their cameras!

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.

A little down time in Verona, Italy

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