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November 2010 Rambler Newsletter

by ExperiencePlus! - Monday, November 1, 2010 ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Rambler Newsletter

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Welcome to the November 2010 ExperiencePlus! Rambler


Dear Folks,

Indian Summer is alive and well here in northern Colorado with temperatures in the mid 60’s and 70’s. Although it has been very difficult to resist the urge to flee the office, jump on our bikes and go for long rides, the office staff in Fort Collins has held fast and would like to share a few exciting announcements:

More great news! Because we’ve just added these departures we thought it only fair to extend the $200, per person, Early Booking Discount. Book one or more (!) of the new departures by November 30, 2010 and save.  (Cannot be combined with any other offers.)

We will also soon be announcing a Plus! version to our new Bicycling Scotland’s Highlands Coast to Coast itinerary. This will extend the itinerary to 11 or 12 days and include cycling on the stunning Isle of Skye. Stay tuned and email us if you’d like to be the first to hear about the final details.

If you can’t wait until next spring for your next bicycling adventure sunny Costa Rica is just a few hours away. Imagine pedaling through rain forests and drinking fresh fruit refrescos this winter. Call us and together we can make it happen!

Happy fall, wherever you may be. Until next month, keep bicycling, Maria Elena and Monica Malpezzi Price


Tales from the Road in Costa Rica

Julia was enjoying a lovely day and had just begun, what tour leaders told her would be  a long climb into Monterrey, a little village north of La Fortuna in northwestern Costa Rica. As she struggled up the hill she kept her eyes on the road instead of looking around to avoid being psyched out by the climb ahead.  Suddenly she hears something, looks up to find that she’s about to run into a man covered in dirt, wearing a ragged shirt yielding what appears to be a very, very sharp machete in his right hand.


Adventures in Passport Renewal by ExperiencePlus! Customer Steve Johnson

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8 PM
With less than 24 hours until a scheduled departure to bicycle in Croatia, I started to check-in online for the Lufthansa flight to Munich tomorrow.  As part of the online check-in process, I needed information from my passport.

My passport expired in February this year?  That can’t be.


Why I Bike: Episode 8

This month ExperiencePlus! customers Pam Brills and Scott Cooley share the reasons why they bicycle.


Book Review

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey – Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! Customer Bill Giovinazzo

Italy, Italia, is unique in the world. From the voluptuous bosom of the Tuscan hills to the fishing towns on Apulia’s Adriatic coast, the culture of this ancient land, of these loving people, affirms the value of life’s most basic necessities; good food, good wine, and good friends. It is into this world that Major Victor Joppolo, an Italian America, came as part of the Allied force that occupied Sicily after World War II.


From Mamma Paola’s Kitchen

Potato Soup with a Mediterranean Flair

The common potato is a simple winter vegetable that makes an innovative, warm and creamy soup if paired with a tangy Mediterranean fruit like the olive. The best type of olive to use is one that is flavorful, dark and cured in olive oil brine for example the Taggiasche (from Liguria in Italy), Niçoise (from Southern France) or Kalamata (from Greece).

Click to read the rest of Monica’s Potato Soup with a Mediterranean Flair recipe.

If you would like additional recipes, visit our online recipe archive. You’ll find recipes for European and Latin American specialties like Panzanella: a Tuscan Salad, Tapenade, Gallo Pinto, and more.


Happy Cycling until next month!

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