Heya Matt here. Here is an account of my bike trip from Rovereto to Bologna* back in March. Although I intended to write about this much earlier, it was nice to revisit these memories after a couple of months had passed.
Sparked by owning my first bike (with gears), the awesome Trentino bike paths, and an upcoming Mogwai concert, I embarked on a 200 km journey over four days. My Amsterdam-acquired saddlebags and truly limited knowledge about basic bike maintenance only added to the intrigue and sense of adventure. I was fortunate enough to be joined two Italian friends as I embraced my newfound outdoor persona.
In preparation I went on a few smaller bike trips, watched youtube clips on how to change a tyre and bought some nifty accessories. Day 1 was to be our biggest day, with a 7:30 am start and 75 km of biking to reach Mantova.
*augmented occasionally by public transport
The pimped up bike, ready to ride.
Italian ninja biker™
The fine Trentino bike paths…
…end at the border of the province. So after completing 30 km by 9 am, we rewarded ourselves with a train ride to Verona.
And then a bus ride to Peschiera del Garda. Italians showed their early value by convincing the bus driver after 10 minutes to take our bikes on board.
Lake Garda from the South
Along the River Mincio cycle route
Windbreaking Italian-sherpa guides, for only €2/km
Halfway along the Mincio
Oooh, a castle..
Arriviamo a Mantua!
The Italians call their fathers at aperitivi
tavern of the four breasts..
Craft beer at the cocktail bar
The frighteningly good seafood dinner
..and a fine dessert.
This scene was straight out of David Lynch movie: A waiter changes a lightbulb in shop while a scary old man and seated family watch closely. After midnight. Surrounded by red curtains (not pictured)
Back to the cocktail bar for a whiskey nightcap. Day one complete!