With my friends I would always stand out as “different” and doing always “strange things.”
My creativity was constantly attempting to pull them into joined adventures out of the box and in out of the ordinary ways.
When I was fourteen I conveyed to my friends the idea of traveling around Italy on bikes during the upcoming Summer.
Everybody thought I was crazy. Only my friend Fabrizio got very exited about this idea. We then planned together the trip. We started to rebuild the bikes which needed to be capable of carrying luggage, camping stuff, cooking gear, bike repair tools, clothing, food, etc. I remember us spending countless after school hours and days in the back of my condominium building. There I had a storage area which my grandfather had transformed into a lab where he would work repairing antique furniture for the neighbors. In his life he was an artisan of wood and he was truly amazing at his craft. He was delighted to help us restructure the two bikes in preparation for the trip. At that time there was no such thing as equipment for traveling with bikes as there is today.
When the Summer finally arrived and we were free from school we left for what become one of the most amazing adventures of our life.
The trip lasted almost two months and we traveled up to the island of Elba where we ended up camping and staying for several weeks.
When we came back the group of children that were laughing at my original idea became excited about it and in the next years to come, many attempted to do the same. Fabrizio still today talks about this trip to his son and family and we both still have those two old bikes which have remained untouched after the end of the trip