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The Pedalshift Project 033: Cycling Italy with special guest, laryngitis!

A first hand report on what it’s like cycling Italy, well at least in Tuscany, plus can my raspy voice hang on for a preview of my upcoming Halloween weekend ride on the C+O and connections with Friends of the Show from all over the world? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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The Journal

Cycling Italy

  • Avoid during hurricane remnants
  • Hills are no joke – steep and windy near Lucca where I rode
  • Roads are narrow but it doesn’t stop people from biking
  • Really good cycling culture – leans a lot more toward road bikes and heavier commuting bikes. Saw a few folders!

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DC-Harpers Ferry Halloween Spooktacular

  • Riding out for the Halloween weekend
  • Less about miles and more about enjoying the ride and bike camping for the first time in months
  • May do a transit fast forward Friday depending on daylight and my desire to camp further out
  • I’m planning on recording the trip and sharing pieces on the next show
  • Trying out Amtrak’s rollaboard service Sunday to max out my biling time out… The bike cost more than me!

Gear Talk bonus next week on Traveling with a Brompton

In the meantime, check out my recent post on flying with your Brompton.

IMG_4638Connections

Caleb in the UK answers the call for international listener checkins:
FOTS and national treasure Johnny K wrote the longest most detailed comment ever in response to my call out on the big crossover… go read it in the show notes for Episode 31. Thank you sir!
FOTS MJ checks in! He’s been holed up during some classic good old South American unrest, streaming Netflix and resting up from the ride. He and his mysterious traveling partner are on taking a fast forward to Chile to cycle the Carretera Austral to Patagonia. Got some more images in the show notes from recent days journeys… again, hope to get them on the show this winter to hear more about the adventure!
south america by MJ
Ho, hum just another insane vista courtesy of MJ
glacierbandits on the GAP
Photo of Paul aka glacierbandits at the confluence in PGH on Instagram
FOTS Paul Mulvey aka glacierbandits is working his way down a soggy GAP… hey, shout out if you’re in Harpers Ferry Saturday night, I should be at Huckleberry Hill campground. Hopefully with dry weather!

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

4 comments

  1. Paul Mulvey says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! I through-rode the GAP/C&O a week prior to your trek in May, and now I’m posting post-ride pics of the journey on Instagram. We were close to having our paths cross in May, but who knows? Maybe we’ll run into each other on future tours!

    Cheers!

  2. JohnnyK says:

    For laryngitis try a Shot of Wild Turkey, honey, lemon juice, and pinch of salt enjoy or you can try these slightly more boring ways http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-laryngitis.html I am such a big fan of yours being able to jetset all over just to ride your bike that is so awesome. Anyway this post is not as long as the last post I posted so that you don’t have to read it with your sore throat. You know you may need to have your tonsils removed or maybe your just going through puberty again. Hey don’t laugh you will strain your voice besides it could happen. Anyway I hope you get to feeling better and stop french kissing with the Mrs. or you will not be able to produce these really cool podcasts because you can’t speak. Wait isn’t there a yoga move for fixing this?

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