I always enjoy road trips. Sure, it takes more time than hopping on a plane between cities, but I love the journey itself. We left Rome for Milan and hit the Autostrada, racking up €38 in tolls and €70 in diesel costs, but our five hour drive was very satisfying.
People are always in such a hurry when they are on vacation. I find the long drives therapeutic. There is time to think, time to talk, time to listen to music or podcasts you enjoy, and time to just look out the window and see the countryside.
And we stop when we feel like stopping. Go when we feel like it. In fact, the truth is, we don't know where we are going next. We didn't plan very much before we embarked on this cycling/driving road trip. It's really a daily discussion as to which city we want to visit next. This is our Nissan EV200 Hertz rental. It is pretty big and can seat up to seven but it swallows our two unfolded folding bicycles AND our luggage. It isn't very sexy but it's pretty awesome in the functionality department.
By the way, I have concluded that Milan drivers are way more civilized than Rome drivers. It's like San Francisco vs New York. Perhaps it is true what they say about the northerners being more conservative than the uninhibited carefree southerners. Nevertheless, I feel safer here in my car and on my bicycle.