Friday, March 27, 2015

Private FBB tour for 4 seasons clients.

A challenging, but nice private client tour today for Florence by Bike with clients from the 4 seasons. The only challenging part really was the weather, and the clients did not ever complain, but we all got a little cold.  Luckily, Eleonora, the super nice hostess at Villa Monteoriolo, had electric heaters on where she served lunch.  A nice couple from San Francisco who are moving to Seattle in a little less than a week.  Very interesting people and fun to ride with and talk to.  We basically did the standard FBB route to Monteoriolo, then had a wonderful lunch.  Along with being a great hostess, Eleonora is an excellent cook.  After lunch, we would have been early returning, so we decided to ride to Impruneta, which both Todd and Scott did well on.  I offered them the option of going farther and climbing more to return through San Polo, but they decided on returning.

Good decision, as just after Monteoriolo, Todd was feeling shaky, and after a little spill, decided to return via taxi.  It was a little interesting to get a taxi up there and communicate that they needed to take a bike as well as a person, but it all worked out.  Todd was totally fine with it as was Scott.  Probably a good decision, as you definitely don't want someone going past the comfort zone and risking injury.  Scott and I then rode back through San Gersole and returned to the shop.  The skies cleared as we returned, and we did not see any rain after lunch, although we certainly had some on the way up there.  Ciao a tutti!

Todd and Scott at a cloudy Piazzale Michaelangelo.  The threatening 
weather actually materialized in around 20 minutes.  A little wet!

Scott and Todd during a break in the climb to Monteoriolo.

Todd and Scott with our great hostess Eleonora at Villa Monteoriolo.

As the skies cleared, the views opened up.  This is from the 
descent to Vacciano, looking East.

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