Friday, July 30, 2010

Last Hurrah

Today is our last night in Florence.  We leave tomorrow morning for a month-long road trip through Italy and France.  There will be lots of camping, cycling and hiking.

Ged and I just came back from our last ride to Fiesole.  I can honestly say that I'm going to miss Florence because of the sweet rides that surround the city, Fiesole being one of them.

I haven't ridden in about two and a half weeks, so I was a bit worried about how I would feel during the climb.  I kept thinking my legs would be shaky, but Ged said it would be my lungs that would feel it.

Boy, was he right.  Lots of heaving and coughing, which probably also had something to do with the fact that I'm still getting over a cold.

A good ride nonetheless.

Ged took some pics of the views:

He's still learning how to use the "panoramic function" on the camera.  A work in progress.

Post-ride food included some curry potatoes and sauteed green beans with red pepper.

You can see the AG2R water bottle I caught from Nicolas Roche when he rode by me at stage eight of this year's Le Tour.  :)

I'm off to write a piece for The Florentine then head out for drinks with some peeps.



  1. Seriously, you don't know how jealous I am! Out of curiosity, how are you and Ged financing your trip? Did you save up a lot before? And how do you know where to go? Is it all planned out or are you just kind of winging it?

  2. Well, Ged works for a company that has an office in Florence, so his work takes care of his accommodations.

    I did have to save up a lot, but a lot of it has to do with being frugal. For example, a lot of tourists in Florence go shopping A LOT. I've never stepped foot into a clothing store here, even as much as I love the store H&M. I just know that I can't financially do that right now.

    As far as knowing where to go, we start out with things we'd like to do, slowly make an outline of those plans and kind of eyeball it. This next month is going to be a lot of eyeballing.