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A few things
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 12th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
David Wiel the super cyclist now has an LJ he is theobviousname
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: April 13th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm not sure I can live up to the intro, but if there are any questions I can answer I'd be glad to help.

Hah, I'm envious of you - I had so much fun cycling in Europe...
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 13th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well lets just say your are the superest cyclist I know.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 14th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm really excited about it! I'm going with Blue Marble, so they're organizing all the details for me. I'm going on 2 separate 1-week trips, and they're bringing me my bag once in the middle of each trip. Which means I need to carry 3-4 days worth of stuff in my panniers.

They provide the bikes, but I'm bringing my own saddle. I'm planning on just wearing tennis shoes and biking-type clothes during the day. Plus gloves and helmet.

I don't have any questions right now, but if you have any "if only I'd known this on my trip" sort of advice, I'm all ears!

Thanks for the offer, and I'll definitely bug you if I think you can help.
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: April 14th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having all the route planning and accomodations managed for you really takes a lot of stress off. A couple of years ago I was cycling in Italy. Arriving in Firenze on a Friday, we could *not* find accomodation anywhere in the city for Saturday night. So we ended up cycling out of the city on Saturday and back on Sunday!

Instead of tennis shoes, you might consider spending a few extra dollars (though with a trip planned, they're probably pretty scarce) on mountain biking shoes. Not so you can have a cleat attached, but just to get the stiffer sole. (It may depend what you're used to; I've been riding with at-least-decent cycling shoes for many years now, and at this point cycling in runners for more than a few km is painful.)

Blue Marble looks like a decent company (from their website). Hmmm... Back-to-back one-week trips, eh? I'm guessing Umbria and Tuscany? Nice.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 14th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Close...Provence and Tuscany.
http://www.bluemarble.org/mtV1LavOl.html
I've heard good things about these guys from 2 sources, so that's encouraging. It's definitely nice not to have to worry about coordinating that sort of stuff -- I can focus on having fun! Or at least that's my theory.

Hmmm....I'll keep my eye open for stiffer shoes, but since I've never riden in them it probably won't be a big deal (I haven't grown used to them).
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: April 15th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't help myself - once I looked at your itinerary, I got going. So rather than spam your journal with my ramblings, I posted them on my own, if you want to go take a look.

It definitely sounds like a marvelous trip.

Oh, and the point of a sweater for churches isn't because of the temperature inside, it's because a lot of them have a "no bare shoulders" dress code.
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