The highlight of the week for me was the 4th of July. I rode with the team in the morning, with only 4 of us showing up, but David back on the bike after a nagging injury kept him out for 5 months. He only did a part of the tour, but it was nice having him back. The other 2 were enthusiastic and strong new members of the team. Both spoke excellent english, so we could communicate without any difficulty. Fun ride. After the team ride, Emily and I went to a friend's house in the country for a party for her son's birthday and the 4th of July. A beautiful spot, and a very nice party. It was kind of hot, but less warm than Florence. At the party, Viola had a surprise for me. She was wearing a beautiful dress that my mother, who passed away a couple of years ago, gave to me when she was cleaning stuff out. The dress was last worn when my mother was 6 or 7, in the middle 1930's. Viola was beautiful in it, and it pretty much choked me up. Sometimes it is great getting old, as it is fine to get chocked up on something like this. Anyway, a real highlight for me.
All my tours were good, although the heat really makes it a challenge. Pretty much no one complains, which is nice, and almost everyone hangs in there. I did have to get a cab for one person who had simply had enough and did not want to ride back to FBB. This week should be less busy, so perhaps more posts about solo rides for fun. Saturday, we go to the Dolomites to escape the heat and enjoy the epic riding there. Ciao a tutti.
Gary and Jesse Robbins on a van supported return tour to Florence from
Radda. Gary, the father, made it the whole way without the van. Here
they are at the Antinori wine facility where we had lunch. What a beautiful spot.
Viola and Kate after just getting their nails done in red, white, and
blue for the 4th of July.
Viola wearing the dress of my Mother's from the 1930's at the 4th of July
party. Super special for me, and I know I am prejudiced, but isn't she as cute as it gets.
The Bastian family at Luiano today on a nice Chianti tour with
Roby doing super van support.