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Old Aug 15th 2014, 10:50 AM   #31
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Lesson #153:
The destination may be alarmingly different than the road that took you there.







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Old Aug 15th 2014, 11:21 AM   #32
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Rome next:

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Old Aug 15th 2014, 01:37 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Phl View Post
there's a decent lack of 1199 pictures on this page
After all those WDW pics you want more pics of bikes?!?!?!

I was in Milan for 3 weeks waiting for my bike to clear customs. If there was a decent lack of 1199 in the pictures it's because it was in a crate.

If Panigale pics is what you want, look no further than Instagram below, amigo.
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Old Aug 15th 2014, 02:28 PM   #34
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I feel like I've been to a few cities in Italy and back home.

As always, very thorough with your work and entertaining to say the least. Hope all troubles escape you in your current journey since the majority of us are tuned in to see what's more in store for the Italian supermodel....oh right...for you too man!

Photos are just pure bliss!

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Great pics Dennis!
I would have spent way more time on your way down (Cinque Terre and Tuscany - beautiful scenery and gorgeous food).
What are your travel plans (if any), after hitting Pompei?
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Much respect to you Dennis. Thank you for all the pics.
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Originally Posted by AntiHero View Post
After all those WDW pics you want more pics of bikes?!?!?!

I was in Milan for 3 weeks waiting for my bike to clear customs. If there was a decent lack of 1199 in the pictures it's because it was in a crate.

If Panigale pics is what you want, look no further than Instagram below, amigo.

glad you made it through that time without too serious withdrawal symptoms!

is there such a thing as too many bike pics? keep 'em coming!
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Originally Posted by HotIce View Post
Great pics Dennis!
I would have spent way more time on your way down (Cinque Terre and Tuscany - beautiful scenery and gorgeous food).
What are your travel plans (if any), after hitting Pompei?
Pompei hasn't granted me access to film onsite, so I'll keep trying and perhaps get them to open the gates just for me when I'm back next year.

Did a lot of riding in Tuscany, just missed Cinque Terre. No complaints, pretty much every road has been a blast and the scenery everywhere is stunning.
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Old Aug 18th 2014, 04:35 AM   #39
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Roma:


Booked a small apt. on a 500 year old property about 20 min. outside of Rome. The property embodied all the romantic notion of Italy those of us who live outside of Italy have. Confirmation: it does exist.











I had planned on going into Rome the first day. But I was so fucking aggravated by GPS (exit freeway, ride around an industrial park behind an airport, then ride around it again, then get back on the road I was on). My Garmin has the built in prank exit option I suppose). So instead of dealing with 'guess my route', I instead cooked up some of the fresh vegetables from the garden into an eggplant/bell pepper/ghost chili and tomato 'salsa' and devoured all of it. The place had two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, etc. It was large enough to live in FOREVER. I think I'm getting back into the swing of a new house every few days because instantly I felt right at home. Kind of hard not to, I suppose.

Oh the stories if only these walls could talk:

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Most people don't think of this when they think of the Coliseum, but it's an unfortunate reality:



An unfortunate reality made worse by the complete comfort Italians have with disorganization and inefficiency.



Yeah, 5 or 10 lines all smashed up together. No one ever thought, 'hey, where do the people who just got done paying go?"

Inspiration for the ticket counter must have come straight from the band scene at the end of animal house.



But once that horse pill makes it way down the esophagus, you enter the Colosseo!



It's massive--the largest Roman Coliseum built--but it's not quite as massive as most think it is. (Guess it just looks a lot bigger on TV). At 1945 years old, give or take, it still looks pretty good, despite the efforts to restore it.



Other than its size, I think most of us get a sickening kind of thrill when thinking about the battles of mortality, of both man an beast, that took place here.




Yes, yes, I know that killing for fun and entertainment is wrong, but it's still fucking bad ass, as awful as it is. And not everyone participating regretfully did so. The animals just did what animals did in the wild, sort of. But c'mon....think about the most excitement you've ever had while waiting for a movie to begin. Then multiply that by 100. Can you imagine what kind of thrill it would be to be sitting there watching 20 baboons pick fleas off of themselves in a corner until...drums roll and 2 hungry lions appear in the center of the amphitheater. And in the rare event that the cats are just feeling lazy, there's always 10 hyenas waiting to rock 'n roll!

Get to the gladiators and like it or not, the crowd then would roar no louder than they would today. And safe to say if it was purely voluntary you'd have no shortage of Gladiators signing up to battle to the death. They'd surely need a new design for the ticket counter, though.

And when they needed to wash up the blood, the entire Coliseum could be flooded for mock naval battles. Happy is the city which in time of peace thinks of war.




Sound disgusting? Regrettable? Horrific? Look around. Movies and television are dramatic, artificial mock-life-or-death struggles, sublimations of the 'darker' side of our psyche. Life-and-death struggles are core to our existence and because they were--and still are--an everyday part of our lives. It's too early in our history to eradicate this propensity for violence, too. Look at the wars ravaging on across the globe. And look at the people fighting them. Not all of them aren't not enjoying it.

But even in peace there are those who, without war, still have to exercise this primal need to dodge spears. Die Hard 6 sometimes just doesn't cut it. I suppose it's boredom on a life-or-death level. So we ride motorcycles, take chances, fight in MMA, or in bars or on the street, take our aggression out on those closest to us, jump from airplanes, race cars, push ourselves right up against the limits of what our bodies can do with mountain bikes, marathons, triathlons. Civilization isn't easy to adapt to. Coliseums were therapy. A place for people to witness (and participate in) the experiential hazards and dangers that we're still hardwired--and thirsty--for.

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