One of the biggest differences between life in Bellevue, America and our year in Perugia is how much time our family spends together, most notably, how much time Matt and I spend together. It’s working out well; in fact, it’s even better than I expected. However, we each came with a list of individual goals and intentions to cultivate these separate interests. For Matt, these activities revolve around exercise. His first purchase in Italy was a used Cannondale road bike, and his first cycling destination was to Antognolla golf course, just 13 miles outside Perugia. Since then, he takes up to three trips a week through the back roads of the Umbrian hills and past the tiny country towns. After 10 months of hearing about the peace and beauty of these mornings, this week I decided to followed Matt and see what his “alone time” is all about.
He starts at the apartment, right in the heart of Perugia. From there it’s one giant downhill cruise for 6 miles. It seems like a great way to start but pure hell coming home.
Outside Perugia, the roads are quiet and the hills are gentle. This time of year, there is green in every direction.
Every couple of miles there is a new town to pass through. By the time Matt got to the golf course, he had wheeled through San Marco, Cenerente, Canneto, Colle Umbero, Maestrello and San Giovanni di Pantano
Following the road to the golf course. The last sign reads “Antognolla.”
When he arrived, he changed out of his bike gear, got a coffee at the bar and headed out to the course.
Teeing off on hole 17. (Look, the ball is sailing off the top corner of the frame.)
On the putting green with some crazy-beautiful medieval castle in the background.
Heading back to the bike for the 12-mile ride home (and 700 feet of elevation gain).