Sometimes things take a long time to develop. Mari did two tours back to back (Corsica and Spain) quite a few years ago, so I was surprised when Peter told me Mari had mentioned Far and Away and he was signing up for Croatia in 2014.
I am glad it worked out eventually though.
Something tells me the bike riding season is short in Calgary, which may be why Peter sent me a couple pictures from other places.
This is from Hawaii. Peter is on the left. :-)
This in in Arizona.
We decided to hang in Pescia another night and try a “do over” on getting to this place. We made some wrong turns on the way here and ended up on the main road.
We started by going to the local bike shop where we had “Govianni” look at our bikes. Chantal’s is making an awful racket and mine needs to have the rear wheel trued. Giovanni did ok with mine, but Chantal’s noisy ride persists. Giovanni lightened my wallet by 25 euros.
As it turned out, we made some wrong turns on the “do over” and ended up with a pretty steep 800 meter climb that we had not planned on. It was a great ride though and we learned plenty. If anyone wants to knock themselves out on a climb in Tuscany, we have the route for you! The guy at the reception here, who rides, cringed a little when we told him where we had been.
Anyway, the show today was lunch. We stopped at a little place in Matraia and ordered a salad some pasta and the mixed grill (meat!). These were all individual servings. OMG, we were pretty much done after the first two things were finished….then this mambo plate of all kinds of meat appeared. We could barely stop laughing. I ate most of it though. I think we will go lighter next time.
We made some more wrong turns on the way back (there are lots of chances to make a wrong turn here). Plus it rained a little so we got to tour another abandoned farm shed. All in all though, a nice day and a challenging ride.
We may never leave this place.
The views on the ride were pretty spectacular.
Giovanni checking Chantal's bike. I think it is the bottom bracket. It needs to be pulled and greased.
A town without a bell tower is not a town.
Some towns just sort of spill down the hill
We were pretty much done eating lunch...and then this showed up. OMG! We both choked when we say this.
Don't ever expect to leave this place in Matrai hungry.
These two made darn sure we did not go away hungry!
Another rain break in a farm shed. Giovanni at the bike shop said he had fixed Chantal's bike. I am thinking of dropping this picture off for him tomorrow......