Hi all, just a quick update from Arezzo, halfway through our biking trip. So far everything has gone just perfectly. The weather here has been unseasonably cool, which basically means not nearly as roasting hot as it usually is here right now. So it's been perfect for biking. Our routes have all gone well, with an occasional assist from the GPS and a few unplanned detours, but all fun. We've biked lots of backroads through vineyards, sunflower fields, and around Lake Trasimeno. The towns have been just beautiful little jewels of medieval streets, castles, and churches. The kids have been doing great, we've gone over 100 miles so far, they are absolutely loving it! We have three more days of biking, and then it's on to Florence, Pisa, and the Cinque Terra for some relaxing last few days.
So far, we've biked through Perugia, Asissi, Castiglione del Lago, Cortona, and Arezzo. On to San Giovanni Valdarno, Pontessieve, and Firenze. People everywhere are extremely gracious and enthusiastic about our bikes. Lots of "Bravo!"s shouted from passing cars, house and store windows, and other cyclists, and occasional crowds gathered asking questions when we stop. I'm grateful I learned enough Italian to communicate, and I've found that I can make myself understood quite well (nice surprise). Motorists here are great toward bikes.
Our hotels have all been terrific, and the people who run them extremely gracious(especially about finding a place to put our huge bike contraptions). All in all, things couldn't be better, it is the trip of a lifetime for sure!