Super fun ride today, a raduno sponsored by the San Donnino cycling team, which benefits Meyer, the outstanding children's hospital here. It works different from most of the events, as you simply show up cycling at two check points, then pay your inscription at the end where they tally the different team's points. Nice, basically mellow ride, and we had a great group of 9. We rode basically the opposite direction of most everyone else, which turned out to be nice, as we got to see most of the other riders. Very good turnout, as I would bet I saw 300 riders going the other direction. I will caption the photos below, which are some of the best from the last two weeks for the remainder of today's post. Ciao a tutti!
On the way home from dropping the kids and spending some time
with them, I stopped on Ponte alla Carraia with this beautiful scene
in front of me. I posted this on Facebook and got some of the best
feedback I have received in a long time.
The vineyards are starting to show fall colors, and the weather has
definitely changed. This last week, I have used my lightweight tights
four days in a row.
On a beautiful day, I rode up to Monte Morello, after doing a few
other hills on the way with this wonderful view awaiting me.
My attempt to show the fall colors coming on the
road to Monte Morello.
On my birthday ride, I stopped at a new place for cafe and pastry.
My favorite in Regello was closed on Monday, and with a little
searching, I found this Circolo in Donnini. Great place, with excellent
pastries, good cafe, and fun to be around all the guys hanging out
talking and playing cards.
On a wet and cloudy day, with only a little rain, I rode one of my
favorite close in rides above the apartment, here on the way
to Cecina. Che bella!
Another attempt at showing the blossoming fall colors, but the
gray day did not help the picture.
Finally, both sun and good fall colors on the way to Luiano.
My favorite picture of the last couple of weeks, another shot of the beautiful landscape around
Luiano with the Chianti countryside looking perfect.