This is where it all starts..

This is where it all starts..

Tough decisions to make where to go to ride a bike…

After considering to go either to the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia, we decided to go to Italy – fewer spectators, better food, more affordable airfare, etc…

After doing extensive research, we found a tour company that catered to our needs and fitness level.

Mike and his wife, Tammy, Ken and his wife, Gene, are joining us for a 7 day, 375 mile cycling tour through Tuscany and Umbria.

We’ll be in Montalcino ( Stage 7 Giro d’Italia finish) and Monte Terminillo ( Stage 8 Giro D’Italia finish) to watch the Giro live.

A new frame, a pistacchio green Orbea Diva, and a new coach, Steve, have motivated Julia enough to put in some serious miles to be prepared for the hilly terrain in Tuscany. This is her final week of being punished by her coach – 12 hrs of riding time. That’s not only a personal record but also a huge accomplishment for her, since she has never ridden that much in her entire life. Best of all, she has had a lot of fun.

Mike and Tammy brought this homemade cake over to the store yesterday to celebrate our journey to Tuscany in May. They did great, the cake was devoured in less than two hours.

Wow, we’ll have our second vacation together in the last 10 years.

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