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Out for a ride in Tuscany

I'm a Gallo Nero now!

sunny 30 °C

Back from the balloon flight it is still not lunch yet, but the first duty is to jump in the pool and have a general laze around. This state lasts for the rest of the day and apart from a little model making, bike assembly and suchlike we do not get much done. The next day we jump straight back into the pool, then go to another cycle shop to get some vitals for a safe ride (one of those helmet things) before we drop L at a nearby outlet village. Mundane duties call so G and I go and do the washing at a local laundrette. Time to wait for it to finish, so G goes home to read in the sun and I go and pick L and the washing up. She does of course want me to try on something - CK jeans for $25 - sold! Then it is back into the pool.
View from the house

View from the house

The next morning I head out for a shakedown ride to see how the bike is feeling and then take it from there. One km in just out of Brolio, and some other riders turn up and after a brief chat, Armando invites me along for the ride (once they realised I was Australian and not English!). We spend the next two and a half hours riding around in our area of the Val de Chiana, about 60km. I chatted to all the team and talked about the tour and Cadel's chances. We also talked about life in Australia and Italy, and cycling generally. We circled to the south past Creti into some hills around Farneta. We turned at Camucia, just short of Cortona, and stopped to water up at La Cappannace heading further north to have a rest and a chat at the local aero club and swimming pool. Enrico (the white cock) told me the best place to go locally, the Val d'Orcia and the hill towns through there. Here we parted as most of the group were heading home to Arezzo, but Andrea and Gabriele escort me back to Brolio. It is a fantastic time, and it was great to be asked if I was still in town for next Sunday’s ride. Sadly I will miss out as we will be in Rome, but they insisted that I go and get the Gallo Nero team suit at a local shop. L could tell I had a great time by the huge smile on my face all day.The Gallo Nero team ( and one Gallo Bianco)

The Gallo Nero team ( and one Gallo Bianco)

Good cool down in the pool, which has been perfect temperature all day every day, and it is deserted so we can be as rambunctious as we like. From our perches around the pool, we watch all the trains going down the fast rail track between Florence and Rome. They go past every 10 minutes, in one direction or the other, about the same frequency as the Melbourne suburban trains - if they haven't been cancelled.
The pool

The pool

Later on we headed out to wander about andwe grab a pizza for dinner in Foiana. Pizzas are easy cheap eating, but bythe time you get water, beer or wine and a dessert, it doesn't seem so cheap anymore.

Posted by lostagain 02:03 Archived in Italy

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