Today, I had a surprise tour for Florence by Bike. They called yesterday, and I was free, so why not. This is my first tour in November in 3 years, and I had pretty much thought I was done for the year. I had two groups, a couple and a single guy for a total of three. They were all reasonably fit, in particular for the Florence by Bike groups, so we had a pretty good day out there. Same route out as always, but we were early, so we rode into Impruneta and they had 20 minutes to look around before we returned to Monteoriolo for lunch. We had a truly excellent lunch there, which gives me my taste treat of the day - a chestnut tart, which was truly awesome. Also she made some crostone with fresh sausage and cheese which was right up my alley. Todays ride was 53.2 k in 3:22 for an average speed of 15.8 kph with 609 meters of climbing. 17,243 kilometers for the year, so only 2,757 k to go for 20,000. Ciao.
Dave checking out the view on the way up to Monteoriolo.
It was a very nice day for early November, but a change
is due tomorrow.
Eleonora showing the private chapel to the group today.
Pete and Claudia in a posed picture in the frescoed entry
hall at Villa Monteoriolo.
The group with Eleonora outside the Villa Monteoriolo
just before we left to return to Firenze.