The bikes get loaded - Salt Lake City
On the ship ready to leave Ft. Lauderdale. Our boat is large enough that we graciously shared it with a few thousand of our closest friends.
First stop - Funchal, Madeira Island (Portugal)
The streets are so steep in Funchal that tourists go for a long sled ride on the pavement.
Walking back to the ship, Funchal
Architecture in Cadiz, Spain
Medieval fortifications, Cadiz, Spain
The old and the older - Cadiz
Our ship (left) at dock in Cadiz, Spain.
Exploring Alcazaba Citadel; Malaga, Spain
Recently discovered Roman ampitheatre, Malaga
Port area, Malaga
El Castillo de Santa Barbara - Alicante, Spain
First outing on the bikes, Barcelona waterfront.
Waiting for the very late ferry (we sat here for 4 hours)
On the overnight ferry across the Mediterranean to Livorno, Italy.
Mediterranean Islands from the ferry.
Finally on the bike tour - leaving Livorno, Italy
South of Livorno on the Med. coastline.
Small town scene in Italy. The people were incredibly friendly and helpful, even when faced with our rudimentary Italian.
First room on the road in Italy.
A parade in Saline di Volterra.
Looking up to Volterre, a well-known Medieval City. We'd ride through it the next day.
In Volterre - very nice, very crowded with tourons.
A Roman ampitheatre, Volterre.
Dismay at the throngs of tourists.
World's largest cork. We couldn't find the bottle. Chianti country.
A village in Chianti.
One of our favorite stops. We had this 16th-century house to ourselves for a night. Should have stayed longer.
Bike touring can be tough.
Ah, la cucina d' Italia!
Arriving at la Piazza del Campo in Siena in the rain.
The Piazza del Campo in better weather. This is visited by several tourists a year.
Torre del Mangia, Siena.
View from our room in Siena. Romantic, but noisy until 4:00am.
The Siena Cathedral (Il Duomo).
A ceiling in Il Duomo, one of the finest in Italy.
A chess set sized so one doesn't need reading glasses.
On the road again, Tuscan countryside.
The Tuscan countryside. A medieval village on every hilltop.
View of the Orcia Valley from Pienza.
Our hotel, Pienza.
Wandering the streets of Pienza.
Celle sul Rigo.
Flowering the streets for a religious ceremony in Celle sul Rigo.
Celle sul Rigo was easily one of our favorite stops of the trip.
When in Italy, one must have pizza.
We spent 4 days here in San Lorenzo.
We rode around this lake on a day trip from San Lorenzo.
On a day trip from San Lorenzo. A 20% grade strikes fear into any cyclist's heart. This one was mercifully short.
Looking toward San Lorenzo on the other side of the lake where we started our day trip ride.
The ancient and the even more ancient.
Hanging out with a bottle of Chianti at the hotel, San Lorenzo.
Orvieto. We spent 4 days here.
Looking down from the walled city of Orvieto.
The cathedral at Orvieto, a huge tourist draw.
On the facade of the Cathedral, the fate of us non-believers is graphically displayed.
Doing the daily laundry at our little apartment in Orvieto. One cannot bring a large wardrobe in bike panniers.
One of the most remarkable sights we encountered - the tiny hilltop village of Civita.
End of the ride in Civita, a day-trip from Orvieto.
Leaving Orvieto. It had gotten too hot, so we headed north.
Bolzen (or Bolzano). Every place in the Sudtirol has two names: one in German, and one in Italian.
On the tram from Bolzen (Bolzano) to OberBolzen.
View from the tram.
The barn at our B&B in Klobenstein
View from our room, Klobenstein. We stayed here a week.
Day tripping in the Sudtirol.
Hiking one of the many pathways, Klobenstein area.
Hiking about, Sudtirol.
High in the Sudtirol.
On the train, leaving the Sudtirol for France.
Arriving Paris after an overnight train from Munich. We got right on another train for the Loire Valley.
First accommodation in France, a Chambres d' Hotes (B&B) in Les Muids, Loire Valley.
Part of the proprietor's extensive antiques collection at our Chambres d' Hotes.
The salad course at the Chambres d' Hotes in Les Muids.
The classic French cheese course.
Lunch in the forest.
The Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley. We visited quite a few of the famed chateaux.
Eat to ride, ride to eat.
Another day, another quaint hotel.
The bike paths in the Loire Valley are extensive and well-marked.
Sunset over the Loire River.
Troglodyte dwellings and cellars abound in the area.
Chateau de Chenonceau, on a day trip.
Louis 14th, a humble man of simple tastes and lifestyle.
Another piqnique dans le foret.
Nighttime view from our room, Villandry.
View from the Chateau Villandry towards our hotel, where we spent 3 days.
The Chateau of Villandry.
A typical dessert at our small hotel. The French know how to eat.
Early morning at a Boulangerie.
We spent a good fraction of our trip in boulangeries.
Ho hum, another chateau.
Along the Loire River.
Langeais, where we rode to catch a train back to Paris.
Leaving the Loire Valley.
Catedral de Notre Dame.
End of the biking - I'm sure whoever has our bikes now is enjoying them as much as we did. A good illustration of how worthless cable locks are.
Looking straight up into the Eiffel Tower.
First prize in the Extreme Erector Set contest.
Why can't one buy produce like this in the U.S.?
Palais de Versailles, one of the excesses that inspired the French Revolution.
Musee de Louvre.
This painting of a woman by some Italian guy seemed quite popular.
One of Paris' huge train stations. It's too hot in Paris, so we are bound for the Alps.
Annecy, Haute Savoie area.
The lake at Annecy
Dinner on the sidewalk, Annecy.
Finally escaping the heat, in the Haute Savoie.
Hirmentaz Station, our home for a week. Lac Leman in the distance.
A day trip to Morzine. A rented Renault replaced our stolen bikes. It had much more power. (Mont Blanc in the distance.)
Idle ski lifts above Morzine.
We spent several hours visiting with the owner of the Refuge de Chavan.
Inside the refuge.
Claudius, our new friend at his refuge. He built it, and lives here year-round, carrying all supplies in on his back. The building is sometimes completely buried in snow.
Hiking up to Haute Pointe.
Panorama from Haute Pointe.
Identifying birds on our little deck at Hirmentaz.
Waiting for the Tour de France to arrive, Stage 9, Sommand.
9th stage, Tour de France (frame capture from video)
In Chamonix, trying to rediscover familiar old haunts from our climbing trips here in the 70s.
On the Plan Praz above Chamonix, looking across to the Aiguille Verte.
This guy has found a great place to parapente.
Mont Blanc rises 12,500' above Chamonix, an incredible sight.
Back in Paris on a park bench having our usual breakfast; getting ready to fly home.
River Seine at night.
Fireworks, 14th of July. (French Revolution)
(The standard route on Mt. Blanc ascends the ridge on the right.)