When we reached Dicomano, we had an enormous BBQ at Dominick's in-laws house with his wife Laura and their daughter Emma, whose birthday was being celebrated. A wonderful, huge meal, and a fun, but long day. Lots of presents, fun with Nonna Anna and Nonno Luigi, Laura's parents, and fun with the Jersey crew that Dom grew up with. Great tour and fun day. Thanks to all.
Melli families to Dicomano with Dom, Leif, and Rebecca by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The whole gang ready to start just outside the "Casa de Proscuitto"
Big group of two families, Dominick, his lawyer and three guides.
A quick action shot of the group I was caring for on the descent from
Vetta alle Croce. 8 year old twins made this a little difficult, but they
did great and it ended up being quite fun.
I skipped the team ride this morning, as the day we traveled from Ortesei to return to Firenze, we literally had 20 minutes at the apartment before we left for a party for a friend of Emily's who was returning to the US after 3 years here. So, home from that after midnight, then the whole day tour with Dom and crew yesterday - left here at 8:30 and was not home until 7:30 at night - and I did not really have the energy to get up at 5 to do yoga, etc., before meeting for the team ride. I did a few errands, then suited up and was off for a nice, relaxed solo ride. I went out through Badia a Ripoli, then Ponte a Ema, taking Via Carota up to Osteria Nuova. I pushed the pace, with a tailwind most of the way to San Donato and had a personal record.
Excellent descent with a couple of hill climbs and I was in Incisa filling up my water from a new purified fountain there. Over to Figline, then the super nice climb toward Passo de Sugame, but I turned off above Dudda to enjoy the route through La Panca, one of my favorites. Back home the direct way through Strada, Ponte a Ema, and home. Nice 3 hour crank, and nice to be home. Sorry I missed the team ride, but it worked well for me today. Ciao.
Carota, San Donato, Figline, La Panca, Strada, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
View through the trees on some hillside vineyards on the last
part of the climb to La Panca.
A beautiful sculpture and flowering tree in the park in La Panca
where I get water at a fountain just out of the frame to the right.