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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were loaded first as usual and then directed to the upper deck. We were placed against one of the sides of the deck and the staff came over to say that we did not need to worry they would secure the bikes. They did a very good job.


    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    On our huge cruise ship there were maybe 100 people. They have state rooms, but a hefty 150 euros! We slept in chairs in the lounge, ate our picnic lunch, and watched crazy Italian TV shows.

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The forecast was for sun, but it rained in the night and continued on and off al day. It was a chilly 12.5 as well. The goal is to get to Norchia area where the national parks area starts.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.03.05 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We rode thru several small towns and into the old walled cities despite the weather. The nicest is probably Bevanga.
    [​IMG]Preci by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Preci-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    Glorious ride, and pics! I'm enjoying your ride tremendously.. :thumb
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    ATW

    Thanks a lot. We are happy you like the RR! S&D!
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was 3-4 degrees for the most part and when we got to the ski area it was raining and foggy as well.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.04.53 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We pressed on mostly on the roads where the surface is so bad and you see almost no cars and so you start to think the road is closed, but on the passes at least there is an OPEN/Overt sign. We rode along the huge reservoir and over the bridge.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.06.16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]5 poggio picenze-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]5 poggio picenze-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]5 poggio picenze-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]5 poggio picenze-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The last pass on the was to Santo Steffani is unreal. The road is in terrible shape and with the rain and dense fog it was very hard to avoid even the biggest of the holes.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.09.39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were now frozen and starved as we were waiting to eat at the famous Bbq places at the top of the pass. Needless to say insult added to injury when we got there it was pouring and 2.5 degrees and they were of course not open. We were icy by the time we got to Poggio Picenze.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.10.10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]5 poggio picenze-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Wandering in the town is a bit eerie. There was an earthquake here 8 years ago and most of the old buildings are condemned. People are living in “temporary” houses and many of the building are braced with wood and metal supports.

    [​IMG]5 poggio picenze-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Poggio Picenze-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Poggio Picenze by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Poggio Picenze-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The forecast was unbelievably for sun and we woke to a bright blue sky. We decided to go back up the mountain to see the views under better conditions. We back tracked to the top of the pass in the cathedral of mountains and from here down the back side thru Castel del Monte. From here we set a direct path to Pompei on the secondary roads.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.15.02 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Castel del Monte-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Castel del Monte by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Castel del Monte-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Castel del Monte-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  12. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    :tb There's something special about riding in Italy.. or France... or ... (anywhere in Europe..) maybe because it's so different than riding over here..

    thanks for another gorgeous update. :thumb
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  13. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    What he said.
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  14. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Simply stunning!! Thanks...

    RTWPaul visited me Monday before He flew Air Canada over to Heathrow. Yes, we talked about y'all.
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks all!!! Yes it is different here they are really into the driving/tiding culture. The roads are made for exploring and not just getting from A to B! RTW have a safe trip. S&D
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This whole booking it south thing worked out well for the most part until we made a mistake just north of Naples and this put us on a direct route thru the city.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 17.15.42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    This place is nasty. There is garbage everywhere. It looks post apocalyptic. There are “professional” ladies sitting in plastic chairs or standing all along the side of the road wearing what look like bad Halloween outfits. Added to their the traffic is crazy and there is basically no one following any rules of the road. Red lights it seems are “just a suggestion”, people will turn left in front of you from beside you in the right lane, they will turn left on coming to you when ever they want and then look at you as if you are nuts. These people make Peruvian taxi drivers look like angels. This is added to the national pastime here of driving incredible fast and about 1 meter from your back tire even at highway speed. The round abouts and the 4 way “stop” intersections are a complete free for all. Basically you have to ride very aggressively and give not even an inch to any other vehicle. If you hesitate even for a second they will pull in on you, cut you off, or drive in your path from any possible direction. Add to this a huge number of scooters weaving in and out of traffic. Once past the city it calmed and we were on the “coast” road and so there were no lights or cross streets to deal with.

    [​IMG]To Sicily CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are here to visit the ancient city of Pompei that was burred under 6 meters of ash when the nearby Vesuvius volcano erupted suddenly in AD 79. We started at one end and wandered thru the major roads to see the Amphitheater, the Theatres, and many villas with painted frescos. Large sections of the site are closed either for repairs or lack of funding to maintain them.



    [​IMG]Pompei-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]Pompei-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Pompei by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Pompei by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]Pompei-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Pompei by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pompei by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We planned the exit from the city on the route of least resistance and this went well. We had big plans for the day to get down the Amalfi coast and then thru the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park to just before Maratea. Big because just the 52 km section from Pompei to Amalfi can take over 2 hours. We went on a Monday and there was not too much traffic. The predicted 15 km/hr did not happen! That said the 236 km did take all day.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 20.58.36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving Pompei you get on the SS 145, which is a 2 lane very narrow road hugging the coast. There is heavy traffic in both directions until you pass the exit to Sorrento. At one point an oncoming SUV tried to squeeze past the transport truck in front us and at high speed in a space to small he hit his mirror on the cliff wall. That stopped the traffic behind us for sure! The village of Positano hangs on the cliff side. The city visitor’s cars were parked on the side of the road started about 2 km before and continued 2 km after the town. They have numerous traffic wardens directing the mayhem. Mostly the bikes are let thru when they are holding the cars to let traffic pass in one direction at a time. The streets are too narrow in lots of spots for 2 cars to pass and there is no way the busses can make it. Most corners have mirrors so you can see if someone in coming on the sharp narrow corners. Past Amalfi the road is still coastal, but normal in width.

    [​IMG]Amalfi by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There is so little parking they built one inside the cliff.

    [​IMG]Amalfi-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Salerno we headed inland and on the main road to make up some time and to get to Paestum for a brief visit to see the Greek ruins here.

    [​IMG]Amalfi-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    “Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia (southern Italy). The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation. The city walls and amphitheatre are largely intact, and the bottom of the walls of many other structures remain, as well as paved roads. “

    [​IMG]Amalfi-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Amalfi-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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