This is a magnificent place. Mel and I are near Florence, in a hotel that was converted from a 14th century farm in the middle of olive groves. Views, food, wine and of course the riding are fantastic. The cycling tour part of our trip is with a company that includes hotel, dinners, and 5 guided rides all over Italy. This one is in Tuscany on the most amazing roads. My favourite so far is the Setteponte (7 bridges) road. It is turny, rolly, and narrow with smooth pavement and few cars, and follows and ancient path along the side of the hills along the Arno valley. The bikes are fitted with triple ring cranks, so even the steep hills are manageable for Mel. The group size is 15 with abilities like a Saturday morning ride. A few faster people get to the break points sooner leaving time for extra sight seeing and taking photos. The area is so spectacular, I don't tire of just looking around. Ancient homes, vineyards, olive groves mountains WOW! Italy is very cycling friendly, the roads have a lot of curves and cars wait until a good chance to go by without making you feel uncomforable.
Back to bed, more fun tomorrow! photos attached - sunset view from our hotel and Mel and I about to go on a tour of a premier Olive oil producer and try some more great food!

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Comment by Kerri on September 15, 2009 at 8:28pm
Thanks for sharing Jeff! You guys look awesome all decked out! Enjoy and can't wait to hear more when you get back! Ciao! Kerri
Comment by Alexx Hooper on September 15, 2009 at 9:40pm
Aaaaaaagh! It looks beautiful! Want me to come over there and pinch you you prove that you're not dreaming? Eat something tasty for us! You guys look so relaxed - keep having a fantastic time - can't wait to hear about it and see more gorgeous photos!
Comment by DY on September 15, 2009 at 11:34pm
Holy Crap! That's so awesome! Guess you'll want to go back next year eh? Do I sense a BCC Trip?

Enjoy!

D.
Comment by Joseph on September 16, 2009 at 6:55am
Wow!!! the beautiful scenery of Tuscany... Thanks for sharing Jeff and Mel. Enjoy!!
Comment by Paul van Dongen on September 16, 2009 at 9:45am
Heaven indeed.
Thanks, Jeff and Mel. Can't wait to see the full range of pics and stories to go along. Safe rest of trip!

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