Friday, September 20, 2013

A great van supported day in the Chianti countryside with Jeff and Jackie.

A nice tour today for Dominick's company with a couple of newlyweds on their honeymoon.  Ahh - young love is beautiful.  I hooked up with the van driver, a different one than in the past, and we picked up the clients then went to the bike shop for the bikes.  We drove to Chiesa Nuova, and started our ride there.  They were really quite fit, and rode very well.  We rode the very gradual mostly up ridge road to San Casciano, then descended to Bargino.  At every opportunity to stop at the van for water, snacks, etc. they wanted to keep moving.  So, we just kept riding, after the descent up the very gradual valley to Sambuca.  Next we had the climb to San Donato in Poggio, which I wanted to discuss.  It was our first real climb of the day, and I wanted to let them know what was coming.  We also finally had some of the snacks I prepared, which they really enjoyed.  Jackie made the whole climb to San Donato, and Jeff used the van after around 1/2 the climb.

We got the bikes on the van and drove to Podere La Capella for a super lunch.  It is the second time I have been there and it is simply an amazing lunch.  4 or 5 courses depending on how you look at it, 3 different wines that they make, followed by a tour of the winery and property.  It is a really nice experience and the clients loved it, which is what it is all about.  Back in the van and we did a nice drive through a different part of Chianti back to Florence.  Congratulations Jeff and Jackie.  Ciao.

Excellent client tour for Dominick's company by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details

Jackie and Jeff climbing in the valley between
Bargino and Sambuca.

The vineyards are starting to change colors and I had 
to get this first shot of the change.

At lunch at Podere La Capella.

Jackie and Jeff in front of the chapel at Podere La Capella,
built in 1076.

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