|The reward after a day of biking; hotel view from our balcony in Umbria|
Part of the fun of travel can be planning out a trip: researching the best restaurants and hotels, deciding on a route. But doing this for a bike trip can be overwhelming: arranging a rental, getting your bags transported from luxury villa to deluxe manor house, coordinating a group of freinds.
|My husband and me getting drinks and snacks before biking|
|The villa in Tuscany where we spent our last 2 nights of the bike trip|
Vacation or trip of a lifetimeAccording to my neighbor, the daily early wake up call made this 'not a vacation' but I disagree. Or. rather, I call this a "trip of a lifetime." Of course, it's actually the third bike trip I've taken with Backroads, but still..If you like biking, food, wine, and being with a group, this is definitely the vacation for you.
|2 person in room jacuzzi in our Tuscan abode|
Family, couple or solo?
|Umbria specialty; pasta with truffles|
|View from Cortona, in Tuscany|
In fact, the most difficult activity over the six days might have been remembering the instructions for the in room steam shower in our third hotel. We also had a 2 person jacuzzi, and we had ridden 55 miles in the rain. We soaked our aching muscles in the tub and warmed up in the steam shower.
Not just biking
|We got off our bikes to explore small towns; this is Spoleto, where we had lunch|
|Backroads prepared picnic lunches for us|
Eating was also important
|Cooking class; we made bruschetta and pici pasta. And drank wine|
I still want to bike more; this trip just whetted my appetite for yet another bike trip.
Note: Backroads gave me discount in exchange for posting on Instagram. Opinions expressed are my own.