Hi, I'm Jessica the Fietsvlogger, which is
Dutch for bicycle vlogger. I'm on another bike adventure, traveling from Milan to Rome, 800
kilometers, more than ten thousand meters altitude in one week. But well, I'm cheating. I'm traveling
with Hi-Biking, a small Dutch company that offers bike trips on speed pedelecs, electrical
bicycles which can go 45 kilometers an hour. In some countries you need a moped license
and you have to wear special helmets The good thing is that you
can go through the mountains while you're whistling. Well
that's what they told me. We're cycling southwards, going through Tuscany. We
will also reach the sea for a little moment, Umbria, Lago di Bolsena and
then towards Roma.
In one week. We start at a slow pace, cycling along the
Ticino river, meadows and rice fields, but then we go for turbo speed. Uhm, some days the high meters are
like 2000 to 2000 meters going up. Which is crazy for me crazy. I mean, I would never
never never do that, 120 kilometers and then climbing 2000 meters. I
wouldn't be able to handle that. When we arrive at the wine yards on our second day,
we can see wine growers harvesting their grapes, which can be tricky sometimes.
We reach the Apennines mountains, with
hilltop villages and churches at the Trebbia river. We get an amazing view of the valley,
watched over by the citizens of Brugnello. Car drivers can't stop, but we can, as long as we want. I'm at the castle of Cambaro.
The village only has a few houses, 15 people live over here. The castle here used
to be a monastery, a long long time ago, but a few wealthy families changed it into
a castle. The current owners renovated it and now run an atmospheric B&B. And well look this
is my bedroom for tonight, very classy. I heard that it took a long time to renovate this?
Yes, I live here for 14 years. The renovation took 7 years. Now my wife and I
live in the castle offer little hospitality for cyclists and backpackers.
I've made it to another top uh how much
1590 meters. I's funny because one of us actually didn't see the sign and
just went on very fast on the speed bike. When you're on a normal bike and you
would end up here at the sign, it would be more like this. You would be like
dying and drinking water and: I made it, I made it. And now it's like oh we're on
the top, let's make a picture. Okay, let's go on now. I'm not covered in sweat, I am
just chilling. I have to say t's a bit windy today though and we had the wind against us.
So you do feel a bit like.. it is a little bit harder to pedal. But you're still going uphill
25 / 30 kilometers an hou,r so it's pretty cool. We made it to the sea after all
those mountains, the Apennines. Climbing 20% hills, sweaty…
not really sweating. It was actually pretty easy on the speed pedelecs. But anyway,
we made it to the sea. Marina de Massa. I have to say, it's a bit run down here unfortunately. In the
town a lot of buildings are not used anymore. But we found this lovely spot here. There's a
little nice beach tent here where you can have a coffee. So i'm going to have a cappuccino
and you see the sea is always beautiful. That's good. It's the end of
September now that I'm here and the water temperature is still quite good , 23 degrees,
so we could go for a swim here. We'll be the only ones. And after this we go back into the
mountains, more climbing, looking forward to it.
Yeah sure is very nice weather, it's warm. You know
in the mountains it's pretty chilly. But here it's nice. Nice and warm. But up to my cappuccino.
Oh the chair, the chair was already here. Cappuccino cappuccino. This is what it's
all about: cycling and coffee, and the sea..