A day of respite and clothes washing in the ancient university town of Pavia at the confluence of the Ticino and Po rivers.[Read more…] about Day 19 Resting in Pavia
Despite some challenging road surfaces, I had a smile on my face for hours today. Last night’s dinner was simply that good. But we had to move on because there’s more adventure and fortuity ahead.[Read more…] about Day 18 Vercelli to Pavia
Another day when it didn’t rain. Some 26ºC in the shade where you could find it. The forecast wind was 2 kt NW – the standards must be inverted for the plains around the Sesia, Ticino and Po rivers because it was stronger and coming upriver, up valley into our faces.[Read more…] about Night 17
GStB refers the Great St Bernard Pass (in English).
Warning: TMI means too much information and there’s lots coming.
Napoleon’s ambitions pushed 47,292 troops across the Alps. Hannibal had once done something similar with elephants and slaves and stayed in Italy for 15 years. I guess horses and mules were the technology of Napoleon’s day.[Read more…] about 15: Up to the Col
A cycle tour through the vineyards of Lavaux is a must (sic). What a special day we had among Swiss Premier Cru vines being harvested in Portuguese. The weather was simply beautiful.[Read more…] about Day 14: Perfect Cycle