A 9-day biking journey down the sun-drenched coast of Italy.
We travel through Puglia, the "heel" of the Italian boot, which is somehow...magical. It's sun-drenched seas and silvery olive orchards whisper (at least to me!) about its ancient past--about the Turkish conquerors that sailed across that sea, about the Greek fugitive monks who settled here millenea ago and taught olive oil production, about the Celts who mysteriously erected stone tables throughout the region. Their folk music is vibrant- it was born as a medicine for hysterical women sent into fits by a bite from a tarantula. Their food is farm-fresh (or wild), gathered daily by Moms & grandmas in the villages.
Puglia is an AMAZING place to visit- basically- because nobody goes here.
And lucky for us, friends are expecting us! We'll stay with a winemaker; dine with an olive-farmer; learn to cook with his mother; find lively folk music in piazzas; Baroque churches in villages; enjoy cocktails on the beach; and, basically, have a really good time!
The Biking: Easy-Moderate. 30-45 miles every other day (with options to do 50 miles/day).
We'll ride Specialized Crosstrail hybrids. Most rides are on paved road, though some days we'll take long stretches of dirt or rocky road to see a particular site or landscape.
Route follows the Adriatic cliffs east of Lecce; passes through miles ancient olive orchards; then heads inland toward rolling vineyards, dotted with whitewashed villages.
Dates: June 10th - 18th, 2012 and Sept 4th - 11th, 2012
please note that this is by far the most inexpensive, high quality, supported (luggage supported, not SAG wagon supported) bike trip you'll find out there! And I totally stand by it.
Includes: 8 nights lodging in family-run Bed & Breakfasts, farm guesthouses and characteristic apartments; bicycles & equipment; luggage transport; a cooking class; wine tasting; cheesemaking & tasting; guided city tours; motorboat trip to Adriatic sea caves; other fun activities; two awesome Italian&English-speaking guides; breakfasts & seven dinners/big hearty Italian lunches.
Sign Me Up! A reservation form and $500 deposit is required to reserve your space. Please contact Laura via meetup message or email.
June Trip: Deposit due by February 15th, 2012. Balance due by April 1st, 2012.
Sept Trip: Deposit due by May 10th, 2012. Balance due by July 1st, 2012.
Getting to Puglia
Sounds Good, More Info?! Trip is put together through http://piccolinaadventures.com/trips/puglias-dazzling-coast/
Yahooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! off we go!!!!!!!!!!