My list of loves and hates has had to be updated with this new cycle touring experience.
Slowly passing scenery
Easy mobility in towns and cities
Different perspectives from a bicycle
Sweet smells in the breeze (I feel like a dog with his nose in the wind)
Solitude on back roads
Well paved roads
Busy roads with wide gradients
Well marked road signs
Bicycle conscious drivers (please become one if you are not)
Sicilian people (very generous and curious)
Dips in the Mediterranean
Large food portions
Hearty Sicilian food
Shots of espresso with sugar.
The journey and the destination
Headwinds on inclines
Side winds on declines
Buses & trucks.
Honkers right behind me.
Bugs (my face is now the windscreen they are squished against)
Rotting road kill (smell stays in the nose for too long)
Roadside garbage and those who toss it.
Shadowed roads with potholes and bumps.
*so far I've seen dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, mice, rats, hedgehogs, foxes, lizards, and other unidentifiable shapes.