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April 3rd, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,Italy

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Spent the good part of a whole day in the internet cafe updating.

The excitement came when I was looking for somewhere to sleep. It was raining, and I found a cemetery with high walls and big bushy fur pine trees to shelter under.

The rain kept on raining, so I took a stroll in the cemetary while waiting for the rain to stop.

When I returned to my bike, I noticed that the cemetary gates had been locked shut. There was no going back now, I was locked in till morning. The gates were high, as were the walls. No way to get my bike over them.

I slept like a baby.

Or a dead person.

Sleep spot in cemetary in Udine, Italy

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Comment by Chris J — April 5, 2007 @ 7:31 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

Recent posts really make it sound more like a proper bicycling tour now, as compared to the outdoor survival course you used to be on. With all the media exposure you may find that you are always well looked after for the rest of the trip. Not bad at all.

You also seem to have a habit of finding as many caves and cemetaries along the way as you can, which I find hilarious. The pictures are great as always. Sleep well and keep on truckin'!

Think that you will find any pizza in Italy better than we used to eat in Yufuin?

Comment by Rob Thomson — April 5, 2007 @ 9:34 am | post a comment

Chris, it would be a puch to find pizza better than in Yufuin. Man, that pizza was good. But then again, so was the company. Wouldn't be the same eating as good a pizza as that on my own.

Comment by Cornell — April 5, 2007 @ 11:43 am | post a comment

With all the lights in the cemetery, how does one get a good night's sleep. Kind of pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. At least, the neighbours are quiet! On the homeward stretch now! Take care and look forward to more posts.

Comment by Jim Gagnepain — April 5, 2007 @ 12:10 pm | post a comment


Are you going to Venice? I highly recommend it. It's so peaceful there. Even though there are hundreds of thousands of tourists, it's amazingly quiet. With no cars, it's like being on another planet.

Unfortunately, bicycles are not allowed either, but there are neighboring towns with bus/train service. This entire area is a little pricey though.

I found a few links on bicycles in Venice:

"We stayed on the mainland in the town of Marghera as you cannot bring bicycles into Venice. This was a good decision as the local buses into Venice are frequent and cheap…"


Comment by Lee — April 5, 2007 @ 12:47 pm | post a comment

Oh man, the 'eye of the fish' photo has *got* to feature if you can fit it in somewhere… Was intrigued by its thumbnail on the 'recent photos' tab, even without knowing how it was actually taken.

What an amazing shot.

Blog readers and visitors, a few of you with decent incomes might consider sponsoring Rob to make this into a photo/journal book? Maybe? What a book. I'd buy one.

Comment by Emma — April 5, 2007 @ 8:01 pm | post a comment

Just caught up on your adventures! Sounds like Europe has been a blast and Im glad that you have had some more company.

Enjoy the rest of europe and chat soon.

Comment by Eoin — April 6, 2007 @ 1:28 am | post a comment

Great to see that you made it into Europe in one piece – some of the long gaps in between updates had us wondering for a while…

…actually this is more of a question than a comment; I'm going to head off on a little cycling jaunt in Korea over golden week, (entering and leaving through Pusan). I checked back over your blog but still havent decided a definite route – any recommendations? I'll be there for either 5 or 7 days.


Comment by Rob Thomson — April 6, 2007 @ 10:39 am | post a comment

Jim, I am in Venice now. I lugged my bike up the steps to an internet cafe and no one arrested me yet. Trying to find somewhere to sleep. Checking WarmShowers.org and CouchSurfing.org frantically. Might have to sleep on the mainland in a field.

Comment by Rob Thomson — April 6, 2007 @ 11:00 am | post a comment

Lee, nice suggestion. But I have other plans in store, mu ha ha. I think I am well off enough to do a photo journal myself if needed, and the people who buy it would be satisfied in the fact that not only would they be buying a class coffee table book, but they would also be contributing to a worthy charitable cause yet to be decided. Still thinking of the ins and outs of all that charity thing…

Comment by Tim — April 6, 2007 @ 6:31 pm | post a comment

Why didn't you just sleep under a bridge in Venice, or were you not to keen on the moisture levels?

Comment by Lee — April 10, 2007 @ 7:06 pm | post a comment

Ooh, nice idea. A charity that facilitates cross-cultral awareness or cross-cultural conflict resolution would be fitting, based on the misunderstandings you've seen between different people groups so far… Don't know if such charities exist though.

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