The Smile Seaside

The Smile Seaside

December 6 – Shimen to Hsinchu – 38 kms – H & M Hotel December 7 – Hsinchu to Hudong – 45 kms – Pomelo Homestay Gordon:  A sign on the coastal bike trail told us that we were on The Smile Seaside and we were inclined to...
Ahh, Provence

Ahh, Provence

Three days ago we passed our first lavender field.  The mountains were becoming more rounded, the style of the houses was changing, and we began to hear cicadas.  The city of Sisteron, self-described as the gateway to Provence, made it official: we have...
Dogs

Dogs

On a daily basis, across four countries, Ruth and I have had agitated dogs barking at us as we pass.  The dogs are almost always chained up or behind a fence, so they are rarely a real threat, though we do occasionally get a shot of adrenaline when they materialize...
Torino

Torino

We arrived in Torino early yesterday afternoon after a 30 km walk in pleasantly cooler temperatures.  Following a nap I pulled out my electronic map to have a look at the Wikipedia points in the city.  “Damn,” I thought, “We screwed up, we need several days to see the...