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Why?? A dream delayed.(5 posts)

Why?? A dream delayed.GTroadbike
Dec 15, 2001 5:43 AM
I am in the North of Italy with some of the best cycling on the entire planet. I traveled here with my road bike with hopes of climbing those famous Italian mountain ranges.

I have my road bike, (shipped in a cardboard box, with two plane transfers), all the needed clothing, gear, and toys. Only problem is......unexpected SNOW. When I say snow, I mean snow of bibilcal proportions. Why does the good man upstairs allow for such an event? Doesn't he understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime dream that is literally mealting away, right before my eyes?

Please respond with some encouraging words or ideas.
Andy Hampstengrandemamou
Dec 15, 2001 6:11 AM
No words of encouragement, just a memory of Andy Hampsten tearing up a mountain in a blinding snow storm in the Giro for the victory. Come on you want sympathy, I'd trade places with you in a heart beat. I will be repainting my den this weekend no riding for me either.

I was fortunate enough to have lived in Spain for 3 yrs. Traveled all over Europe but never got to Italy. Tried once and was foiled by a train/bus strike. Went to Switzerland and Austria instead. Had a great time.

Good food, good wine, and a warm fire. Just enjoy!!
Dec 15, 2001 7:05 AM
It is mid-December after all. What were you thinking?! duh? there's also skiing in them thar hills......
get yourself to the Langhegtx
Dec 15, 2001 10:38 AM
What are you doing in the mountains this time of year unless you plan on skiing? Piedmonte/the Langhe should be reachable in a few hours by car. Or go farther south to Tuscany. You can ride pretty much year round in both areas (though you should be ready for rain). Fantastic roads.
re: Why?? A dream delayed.guido
Dec 15, 2001 12:16 PM
Ah, GT, you must return in the spring!

In the meantime, fire your travel agent for not mentioning how much it snows there in December, then kick back in front of the fire with a fine Tuscan wine, sample the delights of Italian cuisine and hospitality, and think about us back here who share your dream!

Merry Christmas!