In June we joined fellow Downhill to Breakfast rider John Black and Brooklyn friends Mark and Joanne Guralnick on a VBT cycling tour of the Dreiländereck (border triangle) region where Slovenia, Italy, and Austria meet. The adventure began with a week pre-trip in the Karst region of Slovenia and the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. Click here for a trip summary and links to (lots of) photos!
In September we were extremely fortunate to attend the wedding of Robert’s cousin Renate and her partner Valdo in Volterra, Italy, a beautiful hilltop town in Tuscany. Click here for photos from our journey!
In late September, we made our way to Pisa, Italy, for a much anticipated bicycle tour through the hilly Tuscany region (with Vermont Bicycle Tours), followed by a week in Florence for museums, art, and gelato…not to mention watching the World Road Cycling Championships on television. Click here to read more about it!
In 1974 at the age of 16, Robert accompanied his brother Rod and some of Rod’s friends on a two-month trip in Europe…and each managed to make $500 last the entire trip…and as you read you’ll see why! 🙂 Except for the photo of Rod and Robert below (which was actually at their parents’ house around the same time more or less), photographs are from other sources and not the originals. The journal is unedited – it would have been too easy to want to fix or reword parts of it – but there’s much charm in seeing Europe through a teenager’s eyes…at least we think so. Click here to read more about it!