Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13 -- Part 1

Best day so far, in many respects. Only 37 miles, and still flat. We hit the hills of the Apennine range tomorrow.

We are in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, known as the fruit basket of Italy. Throughout much of yesterday and all of today, we passed many fruit orchards -- apples, pears, peaches and plums. We didn't see kiwi (as far as I could tell), although Italy is the worlds's largest producer of kiwi.

But I get ahead of myself. About fifteen miles into the ride we stopped a highly recommended gelato stop. Although I don't normally eat ice cream at 10 am, this was not to be missed.

We continued on toward "the Farm," (more on that soon) and passed people harvesting peaches and pears. What a difference between the careful and deliberate process of these farmers, and the frenzied picking of tomatoes, grapes, corn, and beans that we see in California. The pear farmer came over and gave pears to two of us.
Harvesting peaches

Harvesting Pears

Just finished a three hour, nine course, tasting menu dinner (absolutely fantastic). We start climbing tomorrow, so I am too tired to keep writing tonight, even though the best of the day is yet to come. Will finish this day's journal when I get the chance.

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