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Cycling Under the Tuscan Sun Part 2: Finding Our Way Around – Geek Turned Athlete

Cycling Under the Tuscan Sun Part 2: Finding Our Way Around

Check out Part 1 if you missed it!

Our first day of riding was amazing!! We must have biked about 45 miles, and we loved it!! The Italians know how to enjoy life. They really do. And really, who wouldn’t with this scenery?


Our instructions attached to our bikes were really cryptic like: Make a left at the old Roman bridge like this one:


At first, it was really annoying because I always like to know where I am and where I’m going. But then, it hit me.

I’m on vacation. Who cares if I get lost? I’m with my love, and life is an adventure isn’t it?



Yes, that is the ocean. ;)

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We got lost A LOT the entire trip!! At least we were together! :)




The support vehicle was great. If we got flats, the guys were there to change them for us. They made us stop every few hours for a snack because they said we needed to replenish calories.  You didn’t have to stop, but they were like caring brothers who didn’t want your blood sugar to get low. They even bought some gluten free biscotti just for me! And, they refilled our water bottles with cold water and a fresh lemon wedge every time we stopped. Lovely….






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Time for lunch complete with artichokes, mozzarella, tomatoes, tuna pasta, olives, anchovies, prosciutto, strawberries, and of course, a butt load of wine and olive oil. Even though everything was soaked in olive oil, nothing felt heavy. It was so fresh, healthy, just perfect.



Up next: more cycling, beautiful country, and gelato!!!


{ 15 comments… add one }

  • Heather (Where's the Beach) September 2, 2010, 6:44 am

    One word: Awesome!

  • Mike Russell September 2, 2010, 9:09 am

    This was a great post. You are really making me want to head to Italy to ride…

    • Tiffany September 2, 2010, 1:20 pm

      Doode, let’s go.

  • Lisa September 2, 2010, 9:27 am

    So many great photos! It looks like you are having a wonderful vacation.

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair September 2, 2010, 10:47 am

    AHHH, this looks SO AMAZING. I love the Italian countryside and the food, the wine, the olive oil. Ahhh, move me to Italy asap!! I think it’s so cool that you saw all this great scenery by bike!!

  • genesis September 2, 2010, 11:00 am

    you guys truly take the most amazing trips.

  • Tiffany September 2, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Gorgeous! What is more fun than getting lost in a beautiful country on a bike (with a kickstand…wow…lol)?!

  • Ashley September 2, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Wow. This is insane!!!!

  • Pure2raw twins September 2, 2010, 6:30 pm

    Okay this makes me want to go back to Italy!!!

  • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 11:08 am

    Oh I am in love.

    With the men who filled your water bottles and gave you snacks.

    And the whole Italian countryside thing too, I guess.

    I love your adventures and your life! You’re right to adopt the, “So what?” attitude on your vacation and not let a little frustration get in the way!

  • Jess (Bmore Balanced) September 3, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Wow. I want to go to Italy soooo bad. It looks absolutely beautiful and I am envious of all of your good eats. Glad you are having a great time. Can’t wait to see more

  • BIOCHEMISTA September 3, 2010, 11:12 pm

    What a fantastic vacation! I am SO JEALOUS! And what better way to explore then by bike?? :)

  • mizuno running shoes September 4, 2010, 3:24 am

    The trail looks so awesome…So refreshing.

  • Holly September 4, 2010, 10:56 am

    i cannot even express my jealous. UH-MAY-ZING!!!

  • kate September 7, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Im really excited to do some research on the biking tours. I can see a biking tour vaca in my future!


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