Let the Journey Begin - Springtime Spin in Sardinia 2019 - CycleBlaze

May 14, 2019

Let the Journey Begin

Our tour of Sicily in 2018 was such a fabulous adventure that it was easy to decide on Sardinia as this year’s destination. Another Italian island in the Mediterranean just seemed like a natural fit. So, we bought our tickets in early January and set our sights on Sardinia.  The training schedule was not up to the usual standard this year, nevertheless, I  managed to get in 1000 km of training rides and regular circuit training and yoga classes to round out the  fitness. Thinking back on our fitness regimens, I have often thought that we don’t pay enough attention to rest, which is when the re-building takes place. This year, we will see the effect of more rest on our overall fitness.

Part of the preparation for the tour is to have the garden all prepped so it can look after itself for a month. A neighbour will cut the grass. The veggies and flowers are on their own.

Annuals are planted in their pots.
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Veggie seeds are tucked in.
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Rhododendrons are in full bloom.
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The garlic is heading skyward.
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The bees are happy.
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David always gives our Bike Fridays a good going over so they are up to the challenge of a rugged month of riding. This year I needed a new derailleur, chain and cog, and a new set of cleats for the shoes. His bike didn’t really need any more than a tune up. I am forever grateful for his mechanical skills as it gives me confidence in my bike as I am on the road.

Our friend, Leslie, had kindly offered to drive us to the airport today. But, first we had to drop off our Jack Russell at the Pawsh Oasis, her home away  from home.  Then we were off to the Victoria International airport. We flew AirCanada to Vancouver, then Lufthansa to Frankfurt where we transferred to our final flight of this leg, to Barcelona. 

Ahhh, holidays.
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We are now tucked in at our hotel in el Prat de Llobregat, near the Barcelona airport. When we arrived, our body clocks were telling us it was 6am and time for breakfast. Of course, Lufthansa served us breakfast 6 hrs ago! So after a 1 hr snooze, we headed out for dinner.

Does beer counter jet lag?
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Keith ClassenLooks like a perfect start to your ride!
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We found a great, vibrant kebab shop not far from the hotel where we both had a kebab platter and beer. It was fun to watch the chefs making the kebab orders and the hubub of locals, dropping by and visiting while waiting for their take-out dinner. 

This year, we have several friends who happen to be cycle touring here in Europe at the same time so we checked in on their blogs then called it a day, a long but satisfying and successful first day.

Tomorrow morning we do the final leg, a 90 minute flight to Cagliari, Sardinia.

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Scott AndersonUmm - geography check, folks. You’re in Spain. Sardinia’s in Italy, and there’s a bit of water in between. Great to see you on the road again though. Buon viaggiio!
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Patrick O'HaraThe answer is yes....Beer does cure jetlag! Hi Anne. Patrick and Susanna from Vancouver here. Looks like Scott beat me to commenting on your journal. Trying to keep up with all of you. The Klassan's, The Grampies, The Anderson's, The Gaudet's and now, The Mather's!!! Great to see you on the road too. All of us from the Cascadia region! Looking forward to following along, as Sardinia has been on our short list for sometime! Tail winds!
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