The Bodyguard

Posted Posted in Carthage, Cycling, Filming, Hannibal, Rome

On a long trip like this interpersonal relationships become very important and are often the cause of the most interesting bits of the journey. I imagine it might make a pretty good documentary following a crew making a documentary? A bit like the new show we are thinking of pitching to the BBC: “Entertainment Tonight […]

The Way it is Baby

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming, Hannibal

When you cycle day after day the rhythm naturally brings music to your mind.  At the beginning of the trip I tended to hum fairly epic stuff as the wheels turned – tunes from the film The Dark Knight  for example: or some of those ponderous but very catchy Michael Nyman movie sound tracks, […]

Cuirassnapper Heads

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming, History, Rome

Our journey with the film crew continued to Lake Trasimene, where as described in a previous blog, Hannibal won a major battle against the Romans….. For us it was much less dramatic – a dodgy highway hotel in Touro where we hung out our wet shoes and clothes soaked from our journey into the swamps […]

Gnochetti of the Superhero

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming

We were reunited once again with the film crew in Milan. Andrea is directing the final two episodes of the documentary – amongst her many attractive attributes she laughs at all our jokes – which is very rare as they aren’t ever funny. Francesco the fixer is full of concerned advice for us. His best […]

In the Navy

Posted Posted in Cycling, Hannibal, History

We’re back with the crew again at a campsite near Naples.  I’ve had one beer and a swig on a bottle of wine and dinner should be soon but there could be time to write about Tarento, a strange place but well worth a visit.  Tarento was one of many southern Italian cities where the […]


Posted Posted in Cycling

Danny, Sam and I are all quite nice diplomatic people which can get a little frustrating at times. We get to an intersection for example and Danny suggests we go left, I say right and Sam says straight through. After 20 minutes of delicate and polite discussion we decide on a course of action that […]

Allies Arrive

Posted Posted in Cycling

We went to Pavia for two reasons – to meet an old frield – Frederico Marcesi or Feddo as he bacame known in Australia where everyone’s name must be shortened and end with an o or y. And to visit the place where Hannibal had his first battle with the Romans. The first obviously took […]

Love in Italy

Posted Posted in Cycling, Rome

A few years ago we were riding in Germany and learnt the Imperial point. A large group of cyclists was coming towards us and as they got closer we realised they were a huge professional cycling team. The leading cyclist sat up in his saddle and slowly and arrogantly pointed towards our side of the […]