People visit Italy for many reasons, the food, the history, architecture, scenery, the people and culture, but, one of my favorite things to do when we visit is biking through the streets of Cremona and the surrounding farm land. I enjoy the views, the exercise, and gentle pace of an Italian style bike ride. It’s popular to ride the streets of Italy, and so it seems that the drivers respect the bicyclists in the roads.
I’m also impressed each time we go to Italy with the varied ages riding their bicycles. It is common to see folks in their 80’s and 90’s pedaling along the city streets, running their errands. These same older adults walk to the store, climb stairs, and keep moving to carry out the daily tasks of their lives.
As you know, I read a lot on healthy aging. One of the best things is to keep moving. It’s good for heart health, it’s proven to aid memory, it’s great for improving mood, it helps improve sleep, and it’s even recommended recently to manage chronic pain.
Biking in Italy inspired us to begin biking right here, in our own back yard. Fortunately, our back yard has the scenes pictured in today’s post. We have a loop that brings us out to Winter Island in Salem, around a park called The Willows, and through bike paths along Collins Cove, and back to the downtown. Our City promises more bike paths to move people safely from place to place without coping with the congestion of car traffic. Last weekend, Marco and I took the bike path through conservation woods to Marblehead, and then along the coast and back to the wooded path.
Enjoy the photos of the views along the way. . . and enjoy your own backyards!