Some people prepare for grand trips with careful preparation and a checklist. Many will look over their entire kit in the days leading up to their trip and think about different possibilities. Our trip, so far, has taken a very different approach. We’ve literally only just set off, and we already cannot work our stove, I lost my only fleece in a New Year party in a tiny Venetian restaurant and our bikes are still in boxes at the airport – we arrived three days ago. But these are just tiny speed bumps that we can breeze over, I have no doubt. The sun is shining, it’s warmer in Venice than it’s been since we arrived and we have all of Italy laid before us. Let’s go for a bike ride.