Gone Bike About


Easter in Switzerland and not a sign of Spring. It was a long winter and way too long off the saddle. South was calling.

We jumped on a train to Bellinzona, Switzerland and started from there. Our 10-day trip brought us along Lake Maggiore, into Italy and across to Milan. From there it was a wonderful ride through Piedmont’s varied countryside down to the Italian Riviera. Quiet country roads brought us through Europe’s greatest rice plains along the Po valley, the picturesque vineyard villages of Monferrato, the thermal waters of Acqui and crossing the Appennino we were greeted by a roaring, stormy Mediterranean.

Genoa couldn’t have been a better finale with it’s magnificent port and extravagant marble palaces. Need we mention food? We are talking Italy here… the best benzene for miles around!  (April ’05)

Lake Maggiore
Kurt in Bellinzona
Darina in rice country
Cathedral in Milan
Vineyards of Monferrato
Almond Blossoms
Acqui thermal font
Magnolia Blossom
Italian Riviera
Genoa Port
Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Genoa
Piedmont, Italy
A rough idea of the route we took