Monday, May 29, 2023

The Stigma of e-bikes is GONE, thankfully

It wasn’t until our 2nd bike trip in Italy that e-bikes started to be available. Five years ago In Croatia about 1/2 were e-bikes but there was still some stigma associated with having one. Well thankfully that’s no longer the case. This boat is flying flags from the countries represented on board. Two French,2 Italian, 2 Kiwis, 4 Americans, 4 Canadians (another couple from Golden BC).  The ages range from 35 to 94 and guess who didn’t have e-bikes? The older couple from France!

Technically this is Day 3  but since we didn’t get to the boat until about 9:30 pm on the first day it hardly counts. Day 2 had 400 m of elevation (yikes) and it didn’t take long till the French couple managed to secure e-bikes which means we’re all on e-bikes. Today’s elevation was 800m (260 feet) so we were very grateful for the extra boost otherwise I might still be there. . 

Here’s an animated video of todays trip. There were so many switchbacks I lost count. 

The boat is definitely not luxurious but fortunately, because 2 couples cancelled due to the changes, there were empty cabins and we managed to secure one cabin each. Good thing because the actual floor space in the room we would have had is 2 feet by 10 feet. Describing it as small is an understatement. Marj and I would have known each other a lot better than we’d ever want to. 

So far the weather is perfect (highs of 23-26) and the views spectacular. Then there’s the food and wine. 

Through the porthole in the room. 

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