In July 2011 I did my first solo cycling trip in Switzerland. In the Susten Pass climb I met Gerald and, within 30 minutes, we had exchanged information and he had informally invited me to join him in Italy the following year with a group of cyclists. It took many months after Switzerland before I contacted Gerald and made this trip to Italy a reality. Paolo, the one organizing the Italian trip, was quick to provide me with information and was thrilled to have a Canadian on his team! In May 2012, I departed from Montreal and made my way to Bologna where I was greeted by Gerald and some of his cycling friends and, the adventure began!