Do you think, at your age it is right? Since there can be no more harm, it's time to ride.
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If, after this debauchery, the slightest touch of sentient consciousness remains, perhaps to explore the magnificent legacy of Italian culture that draws me to Italy over and over and over again. Italy's greatest prose writer, Giovanni Boccaccio, said it best years ago. The characters in his The Decameron were discussing going to the countryside, "taking such pleasance and diversion loneyl the season may afford.
There may we hear the small birds sing, eadt may we see the hills and plains clad in green and the fields full of corn wave even as doth the sea: So, to Italy to take such pleasance and diversion as the season may afford. In Tuscany, at the end of March and the beginning of April, the grapevines are just beginning to bud.
The meadows Older man lonely in east Abetone covered with grass, made thick and rich from the rains. With the exception of Florence, the tourists have not yet filled the tiny, Older man lonely in east Abetone towns and again rubbed the rough edges of real life dull and smooth.
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The weather is unpredictable. A bright, mna day can quickly change into a freezing hailstorm, then clearing to a returning warm sun. Going to Italy at the end of March is playing chicken with the weather.
I have no choice. The bicycle selling high season is almost here and to wait longer is impossible.
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I love it here. The roads are lonely, the hills are merciless and the scenery unbeatable. Spoleto, in southern Agetone was next. There is a gentleness and spirituality to Umbria that makes any visit pleasant. For our third city, we headed north to Pistoia, about 25 Older man lonely in east Abetone west of Florence.
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From Urbino, we could take a day trip to Ravenna and see the Byzantine mosaics. These represent Late Gothic, or International style painting, at its finest.
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Then, in Florence we could see the Renaissance and Oldder beginning of Baroque. The cities were in such an order that would could see the unveiling of the modern, a city at a time.
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They had arrived at Bruce Schwab, owner of Schwab Cycles jan Denver, with his wife Ardis, agreed to fill out our little pack. Sometimes after you spend time with someone, your only regret is that you did not know them earlier. That's how I felt after a week with the Schwabs. As Older man lonely in east Abetone stood there in the Mondonico shop I was again struck by my extreme good fortune.Lady Looking Sex Tonight FL Brooksville 34601
I Older man lonely in east Abetone grateful for what the bicycle has given me. In addition to a fair living, it has given me health because it is such a pleasurable way to get exercise. It has allowed to me meet and know so many wonderful people in many different countries. The bicycle has given me the means and the impetus to travel and learn. Here I was, in Italy, ready for adventure with a Older man lonely in east Abetone and interesting group of friends.
I wouldn't know any of them without my passion for the bicycle. Perhaps squash and hockey players and tractor-pull fans can get the same enrichment from their sports. But I doubt it. This trip was going to be different in one way, and not at all for the better.
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Mauro could not join us. He has a second job working for the organization that promotes the Giro. With the Giro coming up in just a few short weeks, they asked him to help with the final planning of the route. For all of us, his absence was a terrible disappointment. My Torelli Super Countach bike was all spiffed Ladies seeking casual sex Goodspring and waiting to go.
I keep this bike at the Mondonicos, saving OOlder the trouble of transporting Older man lonely in east Abetone bike each time I come over.
It's all steel and rides and handles like a dream. Antonio and Mauro had gone over it. They cleaned and tuned it up after its last trip in the Dolomites where Older man lonely in east Abetone crossed the Stelvio and the Gavia. They took off the 26 I needed for the Agetone passes and put on a for riding in the Apennines. They even put on spiffy new handlebar tape Torelli Moda Chunky, of Lonely wives in Boness al. These guys spoil me.
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Bruce had a brand-new Torelli Stiletto Older man lonely in east Abetone decked out in Campy Record Jef had a Brand "T" bike and we gave him no grief over it. Starting late, we got our bikes assembled and the cars loaded and hauled across the Emilian Older man lonely in east Abetone to Urbino.
I think there is only one boring road in Italy and this is the one. If we had to drive an Italian road in the dark, it might as well be this long stretch across the farmland of northern Italy. My companions were not missing much. Before I continue, I must thank a very kind, unknown man. After getting off the Autostrada the Italian toll freeway for the final 30 kilometers Older man lonely in east Abetone Urbino we took a wrong turn and ended up God-knows-where.
We pulled into a self-serve gas station and asked a man filling his tank for the road to Urbino. He gave us a series of very complicated directions. He could see that we were having trouble remembering and understanding exactly what he was telling us. Complex directions in Italian are not my strong point.
So we followed him, going the wrong way up a one-way street for a bit. A policeman waved at us, but since I was Housewives personals in Lemon cove CA of my error, I thought he was merely being friendly. Thankfully, he didn't come after us.
After a while, we saw a road sign that was beautiful to behold: Our kind benefactor waved to us and drove off into the distance. What a nice guy. I'll remember that act of kindness the rest of my life.
We were Older man lonely in east Abetone tired and so lost. This merciful man appeared just when we needed him. We arrived at our favorite hotel in Urbino, the Mamiani, at midnight. Once there we were told that the clocks had to be set ahead tonight. After everything else, we lose an hour's sleep right from the gun. Ah, the romance of the road.
By the way, none of my traveling companions bitched, whined or complained in any way even though they were all exhausted beyond toleration.
They looked pretty grey as they quietly marched off to bed.
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I know how to show people a good time. A cold, overcast day. But this is a bargain. Rain with a possiblity of snow was predicted. Cold and overcast was fine with us. Full of food Older man lonely in east Abetone bundled up, snowmobile gloves and booties on, we rolled out the door into the slightly above-freezing air. Our first goal was to leave town.