David writing: My darn back has again been causing sciatica. (The previous episode was in 2011.) So, all of our many 2018 hotel reservations, from Ülm to Vienna, as of this morning, are cancelled.
Surgery is scheduled in two months, and if past experience is a guide, Tessa and I will be pedaling away next spring. Expect a post in April.
In the meanwhile, Tessa is riding (a horse) in the mountains of northern Sicily from Cefalu to Etna, and in September we are planning to hike in the Dolomites .
A blog post without a photo? Completely off topic, here is one from September 2017 — northern Portugal’s stunning Douro wine valley .