I'm not here long enough.When you spread out the map and think of all the possibilities Italy suddenly seems huge. Today is sufficiently rainy and cold and Seattle-like that I've finally started planning the rest of my trip.I have a place to stay in Lucca till Saturday if I want. Our crowd is starting to disperse Friday morning and dribble out to catch the flights back home. At this point I think I may leave Lucca on Thursday and venture out on my own.I've decided to start my travel alone by taking the train to Parma in Emilia-Romagna. This is the heart of foodie Italy. I am very excited.My basic plan is to take the train to Parma (of Parmesan cheese fame) and stay for three days and bike around the area and tour and eat. Then ride South East to Modena (of balsamic vinegar fame) and bike and tour and eat. Then bike to Bologna (well, you get the biking/touring/eating theme), and then on to Ravenna, which is on the Adriatic coast and a town I've always wanted to visit.After that I'm not sure ... I'll have at least another week before I have to be at the airport in Rome. And inevitably interesting opportunities pop up along the way and you meet people who have suggestions or are good companions for detours.Friends flying out Friday are generously taking my bike box with them to a hotel near the Rome airport and will store it there for me so I don't have to come back to Lucca to pick it up and then spend another torturous day dragging the packed bike around on train. At least, this is the plan ... we still have to convince a near the airport in Rome to participate.Doing all the research and hotel
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