The day of rest is over.
Forgot to mention yesterday that the word of the day was Joy and I was runner up.
The word today is in the present which is really 3 words but we are all present and ready for the day
There was a small group that was keen to do a small tough hill ride this morning before we started so they all left half an hour before the end of our fabulous breakfast and we met them all at the bottom of the road on their return.
A bit overcast today and was sprinkling really lightly as we left but that didn’t last long.
First up a big mountain to climb but some of the villas on the way were amazing.
It was cooler today which was for the best as we did some serious climbing today. Apparently we climbed 1000m.
Naturally the views were spectacular
As the spring here in Italy was incredibly wet, apparently only 6 fine days in May, now that the weather has improved and perfect, the cutting of the grass and burning off has started which makes it very hazy. At night the smell of burning off just reminds me of the burning off in the back yard incinerator.
We came around a corner and saw the most amazing sight. It was the town of Collodi.
This is the home town of Pinocchio. We cycled down a fabulous hill and into the cutest town with Pinocchio everywhere
We stopped for coffee in Collodi and then headed out of town up another big mountain to the town of Montecarlo.
I have been quite proud of myself today because I turned my e-bike off for a lot of the climbing we did today.
Montecarlo was gorgeous
Again it was 3 big plates of pasta on the table for lunch and bread.
After we left Montecarlo we did some more serious mountain climbing and then it was the downhill run to the gelato shop for the obligatory gelato and this time went up to the roof garden and saw the view of the bridge and the river that we have been riding over every day.
back to the villa for a swim in the fabulous pool and then a stretch yin yoga class and time for an aperol.
Tonight was the last night of having dinner at the villa as tomorrow night we are off to a restaurant for our farewell dinner.
Another sumptuous dinner by Fiorenza with her home made tiramisu. Yummm
So tomorrow is our last day of cycling and we have been told it will be the hardest but at the end of the day we hand our bikes back and transferred back to the villa before we head off to dinner.
So it is off to bed in readiness for the big day in the morning.