While in Kentucky in May of 2009, Pimmie, Kenny & I chit-chatted over breakfast about what it would be like for us to get together and ride through the Italian Alps. Pimmie is from Holland and has spent some time riding through the serpentine passes that cut through the mountains. I have been to northern Italy but never by bike. Over our scrambled eggs, he painted a picture that proved irresistible.
Not long after that Kentucky trip we began to hatch a plan. Kenny and I should fly to Milan and rent bikes. Pims can ride down from the Netherlands to meet up with us. Then we three can head out into the world to explore. It looks like 2010 will be our year. At Christmas time I picked up a few Italian/Swiss maps and a travel book to whet my appetite to get the planning underway.
In general when traveling, we have a loose sketch of where we want to visit and then let the time unfold fairly naturally. I am not one to get crazed over keeping to a super-strict timeline. But, I am having a hard time estimating just how long it would take us to move through some mountain passes. Because of the nature of the roads, the potential for slow moving traffic, the desire to stop and see everything – I have no idea what to expect. I’m just writing down a running log of things I might want to see along the way and will try to work as many of them in as possible. This is getting exciting!
A Few Things on our Wish List:
- Bellagio – Lake Como
- The Stelvio Pass – Italy – Google Maps
- The San Bernardino Pass – Switzerland – Google Maps
- Ducati Factory & Museum – Bologna, Italy
Links of Interest
*Image Source: Marco Mayer, Germany