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Old 02-24-08, 05:34 PM   #1
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OT: Stuck in Italy and want to come home

I have been on a business trip in Northern Italy since last Wednesday. It took me 18 hours of travel to get to my first hotel and worked 12 hours on Thursday and 14 hours on Friday. I was invited to go skiing on Saturday and Sunday so I jumped at the chance. No biking time so needed some exercise. This is my sixth trip to Europe since January 07 and only the second time I had some time to do something on my own. I haven’t been skiing in 23 years but this was a good opportunity to give it a go. We drove up to Ponte di Legno, Passo Tonnale Saturday morning. A friend lent me skis and ski clothes and I rented a pair of ski boots. I got about 10 minutes on an easy slope and then we went straight up the lifts to the intermediate and advanced intermediate slopes. One of my companions was an Austrian business man living for a long time in Italy. He has been skiing almost since he could walk. Under his tutelage I was able to have a fun day skiing without spending to much time on my bottom. On the last trip down the slopes I screwed up a turn, caught a tip and just before my knee snapped, my binding let go. I got up assessed the situation and felt okay so I skied to the bottom.

Today, Sunday, I woke up to a tweaky knee and some screaming quads. On the last trip down my instructor told me I was staying to low after the turns and spent to much time with my legs flexed low. I found muscles I haven’t used like that in a long time.

Tonight I am back in my hotel room in Brescia, writing reports and preparing for another couple of long days. There is no hotel gym to workout in and I won’t be back on the bike until next weekend. I then have one week before Solvang Century. Oh well, what are you gonna do? Here are a couple of pics.

After a couple of Runs on the Alpa Alta Runs


Alpa Alta


Passo Tonnale


Looking for a biking vacation place to stay? Ponte di Legno


Ponte di Legno

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Old 02-24-08, 05:39 PM   #2
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Amazing coincidence! I'm stuck working in California and wish I were in Italy.
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And the problem is........ ???

I really like the pictures.
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Looks like a lot of fun.
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I really hate it when I get stuck somewhere and have to go skiing.
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..and I'm certain the food is terrible. Really, from one end of Italy to another, you can never find anything to eat...
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At last, a vacation report that doesn't make me jealous. Mountains & Italy sound nice, but I'm sick of snow and I've never skied or even been tempted to go skiing. That's one experience that not on my bucket list.

But that town looks very nice.
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You probably won't read this in time, but ask your friend if there's a place called something like "Ponte Priete" around there....I've been looking for it for ages, but can't find a trace of it. Should be right about where you are.
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Amazing coincidence! I'm stuck working in California and wish I were in Italy.
Me too!

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Beautiful! Now have a good time and don't break anything!
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Poor baby !!!!!!

Great pics, thanks for sharing.

My gosh skis have changed a bit since the late 60's. Those things
look so short.
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Haven't been to Italy for 38 years so looking forward to going to Venice in 4 weeks. No work, just play.
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..and I'm certain the food is terrible. Really, from one end of Italy to another, you can never find anything to eat...
And the wretched architecture! That Pantheon in Rome hasn't been updated for years.

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I live at Mont Tremblant and ski 80-100 days each season. For the last 7 years teaching in the tremblant ski school.So I can relate to wanting to cycle when the snow is still here.But man,what an opportunity,especially since you havenīt skied in ages.By the way i have skied on the head skis you were using.great skis,maybe a bit stiff for someone just getting back to the sport.
I am looking out my window at 3 feet of snow ,and another storm coming wed., I wonīt be cycling until May!
By the way,going to alta[utah] next week to hit the powder.
Not sure wht all this has to do with cycling,but i also love to chat about skiing.
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In Venice? No, and not in the countryside either.
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Looks like you ended up with some of "them damn modern skis" They look way to short, and wide...(from someone who has a pair of200cm 7s' in the back of the car so when I get a wild hair I will go up to Loveland and try to ski for the first time in about 15years...) checked the bindings, they work..
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Are you trying to stick a dagger in my heart? Love that country.
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I am sitting in the British Air Business lounge in Heathrow waiting the next 4 hours for my flight home. I am so glad to be on the way back to CA. My business was just southeast of Milan in Crema. I was staying in Brescia and driving the 35 km to work through thick fog every day. This was the business trip from hell as my task was to act as an enforcer to get an errant supplier back on track. 14 hour days in fab shop do not make for a fun filled trip. I must say the weekend was pretty darn good and yes the food is fantastic. Uh oh, I now have a few extra pounds to lose. I think the highlight was the Tagliatal with mushrooms and snails followed by Capreta al Forno (roasted baby goat) served with a 2003 Barolo. For desert, 15 year old grappa and cafe lungo.

I saw lots of commuter cyclist, many of whom were dressed in fur coats, tight jeans with high spiked heels. and these weren't all women. . There were lots of road cyclists on nice bikes but there were not to many helmets in sight. Went by a couple of bike shops but they were mostly for every day commuter and cruiser bikes. I never found the roady bike shop.

Some day I would like to ride up through Passo Tonnale and Ponte di Lengo. The Giro di Italia goes through there and the scenery is fantastic.
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I am sitting in the British Air Business lounge in Heathrow waiting the next 4 hours for my flight home. I am so glad to be on the way back to CA. My business was just southeast of Milan in Crema. I was staying in Brescia and driving the 35 km to work through thick fog every day. This was the business trip from hell as my task was to act as an enforcer to get an errant supplier back on track. 14 hour days in fab shop do not make for a fun filled trip. I must say the weekend was pretty darn good and yes the food is fantastic. Uh oh, I now have a few extra pounds to lose. I think the highlight was the Tagliatal with mushrooms and snails followed by Capreta al Forno (roasted baby goat) served with a 2003 Barolo. For desert, 15 year old grappa and cafe lungo.

I saw lots of commuter cyclist, many of whom were dressed in fur coats, tight jeans with high spiked heels. and these weren't all women. . There were lots of road cyclists on nice bikes but there were not to many helmets in sight. Went by a couple of bike shops but they were mostly for every day commuter and cruiser bikes. I never found the roady bike shop.

Some day I would like to ride up through Passo Tonnale and Ponte di Lengo. The Giro di Italia goes through there and the scenery is fantastic.
I'm currently working in south Italy doing pretty much the same thing you were...trying to get a supplier back on track.

I go back and forth on this place, one day I like it, next day I can't wait to go home. I have done a lot of travelling in my life and I usually love it but this place wears on me. The food? Overrated, IMO. It's OK but no variety. I prefer Asian food anyways and this place has very little of that. I do like the scenery though, some great roads for cycling but the nutcase drivers are a bit scary.
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