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Old Aug 15th 2014, 11:21 AM   #21
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Old Aug 15th 2014, 11:32 AM   #22
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Cool pics Dennis, you made me think about my Milano (sniff sniff) :..-{. If you have time and money, go to one of these bars at Navigli, they normally have good food an live music. Most of the Italian singers come from that place.

Enjoy Italia!
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No longer in Navigli. Did enjoy Temakinho's Caipirinhas, though.

For a slight change of pace, I visited the a da Vinci museum that had wooden models of a lot of his drawings.



Pretty cool, but the unexpected exhibits were in the basement.







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There's a number of factors responsible for whether we like a city or not. Walkability scores, local taxes, schools and crime indexes may tell part of a cities story....but a part that is about as far divorced from the actuality as possible. It's a subjective and complicated experience. You simply can't rationalize yourself into liking or not liking whatever environment you find yourself in anymore than you can rationalize yourself into falling in love with a woman just because of her SAT scores. But up until now I've never visited a city that transforms so much between the day and the night as Milan. I guess, like women, some cities just look better in the dark.
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Molte Grazie, mka. I'll look Varenna up....and I look forward to Ireland!

For a slight change of pace, I visited the a da Vinci museum that had wooden models of a lot of his drawings.

in Lucca? that place is awesome with the wall around the old city center
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A few last pics of Milan before I set off.















My last stop in Milan: Hangar Bicocca.









I've admired Anselm Kiefer's work since introduced to it. The installation is called The Seven Heavenly Palaces and walking into the hangar was almost like being sucked into a vacuum of silence. For the first five minutes I had it all to myself. It's strange and eerie, like a Cirque du Soleil stage frozen in time. I'm sure there's all kinds of allegory and symbolism, but I'm more of a formalist than anything else and believe that once something is put out into the world, the artist/writer/director/musician's intentions are usurped by individual reaction and interpretation. I don't get too cerebral with the justification of meaning in artwork (which I believe dilutes the impact instead of enhancing), but I do believe that an artist succeeds when a small portion of the world is transferred inside of another.

I failed to mention that when I arrived I asked if I could park my bike onsite. Alessandro, the cool dude in the pic below, obliged, and opened the castle gates. He happens to ride a GSXR--always cool to meet another motorcyclist--esp. when they understand the desire to walk back out to a parking lot and find your bike where you left it instead of finding only a broken lock.



Alessandra and Francesca were also super cool. Alessandro filled them in on my trip and for the first time in three weeks in Milan I'd met complete strangers who became instant friends.
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When I left Milan I wasn't sure where I was headed. I took some signs for Genova because, hey--I do like Salami. (Still not quite clear why the English translation for Italian cities are spelled differently than the original in Italian. It's not like we can't pronounce "Firenze" or "Genova" or "Roma". But whatever.) Genoa was awful. Imagine if Blade Runner was filmed during the day with an orange filter. Then add a lot of traffic, no skin jobs with extraordinary stories of what happened off the shoulder of Orion. Then add more orange, remove the plot, turn the heat in the theater up to 11, add more traffic and there ya have it....Genoa.

Whenever I hit a city I don't like I just ride higher and higher. Gives me a good vantage point and removes a lot of the silt that clouds the lower stratosphere.



Only I didn't find anything up much higher. I definitely wasn't going to stay in Genoa for the night. If we go back to the 'some girls look better in the night' metaphor I arrived too early and didn't have enough to drink. I was sober, the sun was shining brightly and, though I admit I wanted to take off all my clothes, it was only because it was so fucking hot out.

So I parked my bike in a parking lot near an underpass and got on my phone to search for a city a couple hours away.



PISA! Yes, Pisa, why the hell not. Almost immediately it became a good decision:







Found a campsite (for a banana-in-the-butt price of 23 Euro) in Pisa and set up tent.



An ADVer here who also backpacks and rides decided to make a better mousetrap. We began talking six months ago while he was engineering his second prototype. What better way to do R&D than give something to me? If a product has a deficiency I'm the guy to find it, and then articulate the hell out of why it sucks so much.

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But I have to say, incredible. The tent compresses to a size of Pomelo (large grapefruit) and has some genius features, including:

Super crazy-light and waterproof material, allowing a dumbass like myself to travel light without being ill-prepared;
Color coded tent-pole-hole-things which make it impossible to misalign your tent poles in the wrong holes;
A pocket on the inside (by your head) to store the kleenex that replace your girlfriend at night (or in my case, tissues to blow the sinus ebola out of my nose);
A top-of-the-tent ceiling net that:
A) turns your cell phone into a spotlight that lights up your life
B) keeps your valuables in an impossible to lose location
Light-speed zippers that don't snag.
Ducati Red Tent Fly that repels mosquitos and attracts hot Italian women (or so I'm told).
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Because ya never test anything new come race day, I originally did a dry run of my camping gear while still in LA. I ended up in Malibu, which holds a special place in my heart of coal as the first place I stopped on my original C2C trip to take pics.



So while riding the road less traveled, I happened upon some property for sale guarded by a chain gate. There was, however, about 2' of space between the gate and the gorge on the right. Being that the Panigale is about the same width as one cylinder of a GS meant that not only would my accommodations be free, but the view for the night was mine and mine alone. ADV bike: 0. Panigale: 1.



Not such a big deal, you say. But keep in mind 4 acres in Malibu could run you 29 million dollars. Of course, for that price you'd also get a 5 bedroom house. Though my abode for the night was a mere studio, minimalism never goes out of style:



Did I mention the view?



Tent worked out in Italy as well as it did in Malibu.....only the view required a short walk.
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Back in Pisa it was dinner time:



And then, with it sufficiently dark and cool, I set out to wander.


(Pisa--home of the X-Men or just a satellite campus for the School of Mutants?)



Through the Morlock Tunnels:




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