The other week we cycled over the alps. It was a bit of an adventure because it was a) snowing and b) illegal to cycle on the road over the pass we chose, the Col de la Maddalena/ Larche. So we found a mountain bike path that climbed steeply up the side of the mountain through pine trees, and when it got too cold we stopped for the night in a mountain refuge complete with three course dinner. Tough going. The next day we cruised up to 2000m under a blue bird sky, past marmots in the snow, and down hair pin turns on the other side into Pizza. I mean Italy.