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At 6:00 PM
May 8, 1998

Sunrise (local): 5:51 a.m.
Sunset (local): 8:15 p.m.
70°F sunny
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
102 mi / 164 km

Cumulative Total
4660 mi / 7504 km
Lat: 43° 37' 06" N
Lon: 13° 30' 32" E
Elev: 0 ft / 0 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Ancona
Where We're Staying: host families' homes
Places We Visited: San Marino
Featured Site: San Marino
Person of the Day: Emperor Trajan
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: peperoncino peppers
Breakfast: yogurt, fruit, pastries and juice
Lunch: ham-and-cheese sandwiches, chips, olives, chocolate, cake and juice
Dinner: pasta and salad
Olive count: 2124
Word of the Day: "Prego" click to hear an audio clip is how you say, among other things, "you are welcome" in Italian. It's definition is a little broad as it is used in a variety of situations and can also mean anything from "you are welcome" or "do not mention it" or "it's a pleasure" to "can I help you?" and even "please" or "have a seat." This is one word we have mastered and use with great frequency, especially when we are not sure what is going on (most of the time), as it appears to fit in anywhere.
Tech Fact of the Day: Percent grade is used to describe how steep a road is. If a road increases in altitude 10 meters per 100 meters (or ten feet per hundred feet) it has a grade of 10%. This is a handy guide as we sweat our way up hills. If it is marked 8%, we know that it will be a nice gentle climb (not as nice as if it were 4%, but everything is relative). 10% and we will have to work a little harder. Anything over 12% and we all start to get a little bitter. A road that is 14% will soon bring us to our knees gasping and wheezing, our thighs on fire.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 25
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 32
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Next Stop: We are staying in Ancona for two nights.

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