Today was the first day of riding the big stuff deep in the Dolomites. Riding here is quite different; to begin the temperature can drop 15C or more at the summit and reading road signs and maps can also be a big challenge,also I expected a rather leisurely valley ride between the major passes --no such thing ----you climb to the "beginning" of the the climb and finally these altitudes seem to have a bit less oxygen available. Today I rode to an altitude higher than I reached using the gondola the day before. I don't want to have all this sound like a complaint, it's just that I continue to be suprised by the enormity of this region. The rides are huge but the scenery is also equally breath-taking. If you want to check out the profile of one of today's passes---google Giro d'Italia , Stage 15, Sunday May 27. Have a look at Passo Giau. Well I need to get supper --Ciao for now.
My name is Brian Twohig and I am currently in beautiful Italy where I will be riding some of the most difficult stages of the professional cycling race, the Giro D’Italia! During many of the over 20 years that I have had rheumatoid arthritis, I believed that such a feat might not be possible due to my inability at times to even do simple, everyday tasks. Having been a competitive athlete and university rowing coach prior to diagnosis, it was difficult to accept that I might be forced to quit my active lifestyle. Since starting on the biologic Humira in 2003 I have been flare free. It’s been ... full info