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Selden Deemer
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Sometime motorcycle adventurer; fulltime enthusiast
Sometime motorcycle adventurer; fulltime enthusiast

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Living in rural north Georgia, views of some of my neighbors are frequently different from mine, and sometimes the differences seem irreconcilable. This story gave me hope.

In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims. Now one was coming to Chris Buckley's home.
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Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast is on the bucket list for many who travel to Italy, but in all honesty, much of the ride from Positano to Sapri was a first gear slog slog through heavy traffic. The web site for the city of Positano says May is by far the best month to visit the Amalfi Coast, with perfect temperatures, lush blooms, and very few tourists.

We had spectacular views, many vistas of wildflowers, and a good lunch along the way, but altogether too much traffic with too many tourists. Positano makes Carmel, CA look like a ghost town.
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Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte is a Norman fortress built by Frederick II in Apulia in the 13th century, with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Destroyed in 1350, then rebuilt and enlarged by Duke Francesco II, then rebuilt yet again in the 19th century, which explains why it looks so good after 800 years.
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Hotel Sassi
After the government kicked out many of the cave dwellers from the Sassi in the 1950's, some of the dwellings were rehabbed as houses and hotels. Hotel Sassi is one of them. Our room was cool, spacious, quiet, and had the biggest bathroom I have ever seen in Italy.
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Rome
You can't really visit Italy without going to Rome, although it's my least favorite city in the entire country. Big city, noisy, dirty, far too many tourists, but lots of monuments.
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Italian Cats
There are a lot of street cats in Italy.
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Wildflowers
I should have realized when I planned this trip that it was spring, and there would be lots of wildflowers, but I wasn't prepared for the profusion. Thistles are basically wild artichokes, only smaller.
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Alderobello
The town of Alderobello is notable for its "trulli" houses, with conical beehive roofs. The Yamaha cafe racer in the photos was derived from an 1100 cc Virago cruiser, and its owner was probably glowing with all the attention it got from us.

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Sassi di Matera
An international treasure, and the high point of the trip, well worth the 2 hours we spent tramping around the city Thursday morning.
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The Group
Except for Tony DiOrio, son of Anthony DiOrio, a surprisingly small range of ages in our group. Good company, many memories. Our leader, Francesco, provided many very challenging roads to ride, but was always considerate of varying ranges of skills and ever changing weather. Herding cats is a tough job on a motorcycle tour.

At one point I told him he should change the name of his company from Central Italy Motorcycle Tours to "Francesco's Eating and Riding Tours." Lordy, did we ever eat. Great as the roads were, meals were even better.
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