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    Senior Member mapeiboy's Avatar
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    Thanks for the photos . I am really envy of you to be able to visit such a nice place . I will get there one day after winning the lottery .

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    Holy switchback Batman, nice place for a bike ride!
    And tell my mama I'm a hundred years late
    I'm over the rails and out of the race...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeyecahn View Post
    Holy switchback Batman, nice place for a bike ride!
    I was lucky that I went down those switchbacks seen in the last photo in the second post. It averages 14% for about 3 miles.
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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    Next time I go I will have to take a bike......
    Ride your Ride!!

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Ride #3 : 4000 ft of total climbing, 3650 ft of climbing in 12 miles.

    Amantea to Cozzo Aurulo in Amantea, CA | MapMyRide
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    Southern Italy: long climb into the alpine air

    Yesterday's ride was an almost continuous 4000 ft climb to an alpine land of cow-bells, cattle and goats. The ride started at sea level among palm trees and cactus. It reached it's turn-around point in foggy alpine air and scrubby mountain growth.

    Amantea to Cozzo Aurulo in Amantea, CA | MapMyRide
















    Last edited by Barrettscv; 05-10-14 at 05:36 AM.
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    A might bewildered... Dudelsack's Avatar
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    Beautiful! How were the legs?

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Beautiful! How were the legs?
    Hi,

    The legs held up well. I did enjoy more than 10 hours of a very restful sleep.

    Most of the climbing is between 4 and 12%. It's not too bad at a slow 4 to 8 mph pace with a 28 chaining and an available 34 rear cog.

    Riding down is serious with full attention required. I keep my eyes glued to the pavement and come to a full stop when enjoying the scenery. Keeping the rims and tires from overheating requires that I alternate the use of the front and rear brakes.
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    You lucky bugger.....I am so envious, that looks awesome and brings back many great memories when I was fortunate enough to bike in northern Italy and that/those approximate regions in europe....looks like a great area, I'll have to check it out on my maps.
    Have a great trip!

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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    How are you finding out about the routes you are riding on?
    Ride your Ride!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    How are you finding out about the routes you are riding on?
    I use Map My Ride to develop and map my own routes. Map My Ride includes a Google Earth "Fly By Video". This is found by clicking on the 3D icon on the Map My Ride map. This allows the viewer to fly over the route in 3D using software. It also provides "Street View" with enough detail to evaluate road quality.

    http://www.mapmyride.com/it/amantea-...route-57295864

    Another aid I use is to drop a pin at the half-way point on the route using the map and directions app on my iPhone. If I need directions while on the route, I can ask the app to map the route from my current location.

    I could use this methodologies to plan rides in most of the scenic locations in Italy or any other Mediterranean region. Most of the rural roads are scenic and bike safe. My twenty-something year old daughter is planning a multi-day tour this summer. I'll combine reviews of touring routes from Crazy-Guy-on-a-Bike with Map My Ride to plan a route from somewhere near Munich to Vienna for her.
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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    I've merged the three ride reports into one thread.
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    Thanks for the pics, growing up in southern France and southern Italy, I can relate to many of the roads traveled..
    Enjoy... I don't get to return often enough but once college is done... Seriously contemplating at least a partial move back to the Menton Ventimiglia area...

    Cheers
    Ah.... Voila les Cannon ... !!

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    One last long ride into the mountains, I fly home in a few days.

    Crystal clear air and 150 mile panoramas helped made today the best while in Italy;











    This is the view from about 3700 ft above sea level looking north to Golfo di Policastro;







    Last edited by Barrettscv; 05-14-14 at 05:03 AM.
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