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Today was the last day of cycling for our Tuscany tour, but we ended it with a bang. We started with a big breakfast at our hotel and then a 14km downhill ride out of San Gimignano. We rode north to Certaldo and as always our trusty guide George was waiting there with snacks and water. But today he was also holding tickets to the funicolare, which took us up to the top of Certaldo.

Ride up the funicolare in Certaldo
Ride up the funicolare in Certaldo

After taking the funicolare down the hill, we set out for Montespertoli to have lunch. We had lunch at La Terrazza, where we got to enjoy tagliatelle with truffles, quite the treat after riding all morning.

The man behind the camera

The man behind the camera, recharging for the last hills of Italy

Montespertoli
Montespertoli

From Montespertoli we rode to Signa, where right before our last big hill of the trip; Robin showed what the e-bikes are really capable of. A “real biker” all set up with a nice road bike and jersey passed us at the bottom of the hill, I jokingly told Robbin to go pass him. Next thing I now she was flying up the hill passing the guy! The look on his face as he got passed was priceless, he couldn’t believe his eyes that some lady with a pink jacket on was passing him. These e-bikes are the real deal, the power they give you is ridiculous. Now the average or even not so average biker can handle a real cycling tour like Tuscany.

Jim modeling the new e-bikes
Jim modeling the new e-bikes

We ended our cycling in Signa and our guide drove us up to our hotel in Artimino. It was quite sad finishing our last day of riding, after riding for 5 days you don’t want to stop! Once we settled into our rooms, we met up for a wine tasting at the hotel. A little wine and cheese put a big smile on everyones face.

 Wine tasting at hotel Paggeria Medicea
Wine tasting at hotel Paggeria Medicea

Our farewell dinner was the perfect end to a perfect trip. Our guide George, gave everyone a little personal gift and a wooden Pinocchio. Then we went over the weeks WOW’s, from seeing the Mangia Tower in Siena to Robbin blazing through the hills of Italy on the e-bikes; the whole week was full of WOW moments. I really couldn’t have asked for a better trip! The weather was wonderful, all of our guest had a great time and ending a trip in better shape always helps. The best part is we have one more day in Italy, so check back soon to see how my Tuscany adventure ended.

I’m headed to Pisa tomorrow, so check back to see some photos and stories. I promise you’ll see a cheesy photo of me holding up the tower!

Jon

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