DW and I just returned from a bicycle trip to Tuscany with some additional time in Rome and Venice. It was a wonderful trip. This was our first cycling trip so we selected one that was easy to moderate. Rather than tackle the toughest of the Tuscany hill country we chose Tuscany by the Sea which has a good amount of flat terrain, a moderate amount of rolling hills, and a few optional challenging hills. This was billed by the tour company (VBT) as a wine and food tour and they didn't disappoint. All of out accommodations were excellent, and the food and wine were delicious. The Tuscan country side is absolutely beautiful and the people are friendly. Some of my fellow travelers and I will be posting pictures on my family web site. Any one who is interested can access the gallery here
The group of participants was a mix of 40 to 60 somethings, couples and singles -- all fun. Most were not biking fanatics except for a group of four woman in their mid to late 40s who left their husbands at home. All of them trained at the same club and one was a aerobic instructor. We called them "The Mary's" and they were very competitive. after nearly a week of riding I started to get my wind and was able to beat two of the Mary's up a 7K hill to a small town. The attached photo shows me being accepted as an "official Mary." The second photo shows the town we rode to.
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