Cycling and Golf

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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 at least a mile.  It seems like a great way to start, but must be pure hell coming home.

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 very quaint and quiet and the hills are gently sloping.  This time of year, there is green green green in every direction.

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 gets to the golf course, he has wheeled through San Marco, Cenerente, Canneto, Colle Umbero, Maestrello and San Giovanni di Pantano

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."

Following the road to the golf course. The last sign reads “Antognolla.”

When he arrived, he changed out of his bike gear, got an coffee at the bar and headed out to the course.

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   .  (The ball is sailing off the top corner of the frame.)

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.  Matt's best score ever at Antognolla is a 94.

On the putting green with some crazy-beautiful medieval castle in the background.

Heading back to the bike for the ride back home.

Heading back to the bike for the 12-mile ride home (and 700 feet of elevation gain).

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8 thoughts on “Cycling and Golf

  1. fantastic once again. awesome to have captured this memory.
    beautiful countryside. nice swing too matt.
    -xo

  2. I waiver between awe and jealousy and living vicariously. I’m so amazed at all you have survived in life. And this journey you are on to fill your hearts, relax your mind and reconnect. I love your family. I love your stories. I love your willingness to share it all with us. I imagine the time alone, and together as a couple, and as a family – is a wonderful warmth. It’s the stuff we tend to take for granted in the everyday grind. Keep your sunny side up. xoxo Suz.

  3. Matt and Jill,
    May you both accomplish all of your personal Italian goals… or decide that what life brought you was even better than your plans. Blessings always. Anita

  4. I marvel at every post, Jill, you are such a good storyteller in words and pictures. The shot of Matt with a medieval castle in the background as he is playing golf; priceless! You certainly won’t find that in Bellevue, WA or anywhere in America; at least I don’t think so! Love you guys, can’t wait to see you!

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