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Old 12-09-2007, 12:13 PM   #16
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Beautiful Tuscany!! Give us more.. with some wine and cheese
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:31 PM   #17
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Talking Wine, pecorino, and riding a bike

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...with some wine and cheese
If you look closely here:

you'll see two glases. One for the water and one for the.....wine. But reasons of moral and prudence I didn't include on in the picture. The wine there was a Vino Novello, and at 110 kg I can allow mysef a small glass with the cheese. But I will deny it if asked

Again, why are there so many Smilies for beer and none for wine?

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Old 12-09-2007, 02:11 PM   #18
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:52 PM   #19
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Keep it coming !

Great pictures and story. We want more!!
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Old 12-09-2007, 05:43 PM   #20
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If you look closely here:

Again, why are there so many Smilies for beer and none for wine?

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CHI BEVI BIRRA CAMPA CENT'ANNI E CHI BEVI VIN NO MORI MAI!

I guess more people should know about this little secret...
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:37 PM   #21
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Thanks for sharing a beautiful ride thru Tuscany. Have driven in a car, riding it on my GS would be super. Ciao..
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:37 PM   #22
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I hope to visit Tuscany some day. For now, I will live vicariously through you.

More please!
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:02 PM   #23
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Great report and pics. Beautiful countryside!!

Thanks for sharing,

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Old 12-10-2007, 02:16 AM   #24
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We have a plan to visit Tuscany next year for 5 days,so bring out more pictures and write up please, thanks
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:01 AM   #25
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Excellent ride and photos !
And I'l like your tone, your humor.
Your avatar was giving me clues about the way you go through life.
Glad to be alive and "Bon Vivant".
And without any vergogna, I will keep the places you visited in my diary.
La via cassia... is molto interessante.
We'll be in the vicinity for natale hence my close interest ;)
Grazie mille.
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:10 AM   #26
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Yes you are lucky! We are lucky, to be so close to one of the one spectacular and diverse Italian regions, sea, mountains, excellent food and wine.

Thumbs up on the RR, pictures, Touring Club map (by far the best!), percorino e miele but your breakfast is worth special mention!!!!! Is there any other way to have breakfat in the winter???? Pandoro and caffè latte (or a capuccino ahimé), that's worth 100 points!

We spent the weekend on the other side of the Appennini and it rained relentlessly for almost 3 days, you're lucky you got in a good day on Saturday.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:52 AM   #27
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Bluhduh Not a good day



I should have started the day with panettone, cappuccino and a green map of Toscana. But some other member of my (extended) family seems to have had panettone for dinner. In addition, I feel oblidged to assist a PhD student of mine in his struggles. Now, Tuscan bread with fig-jam (from my own fig tree - only 600 grams of sugar per kilo of fruit!) isn't bad either. But rather than looking at a map I had to read a whole chapter discussing an obscure security-protocol programming-language. If a domain specific security-porotocol programming-language is your cup of tea, send me a PM and I'll send you a dissertation to enjoy.
Anyway: The net effect og all this was that I couldn't ride off early in the morning as planned.

Then my daugther came and complained that something I have made (computer related) didn't work. In the end it turned out that it did work, but not quite as she had expected. But then, finally, I was ready.

The original plan called for a 100 km dash up to Aulla, over Passe di Cerreto (same as Saturday but now during the day so that I can check out the bars and trattorias up there), and back over Passo de Pradarena (the Romans used this pass and there is a Roman road on the North side - I like such things). But, alas, it is now almost time for lunch, and I better find some other desination closer to home.

I decide that this must be a perfect day to visit the hills overlooking Lucca. It is possible, I know, to pass over the hills and down to Bagni di Lucca. Might get some nice photos of Lucca and the forests now in the bleak winter sun.



In another thread the tough guys on the block are having fun with the fuel gauge on the GS. Mine works just fine. And as I apporach Lucca the last bar dissapear and the yellow light comes on. I know I can trust that thing: I can now ride between 60 and 80 mk, depending on riding conditions. But, this is Italy.

This week there is a strike, and there is no petrol to be found. I haven't paid attention, so I didn't know.

When I realize, because I can trust the instruments on the bike, I turn around and head for home. I know there won't be much fuel left when I get home, but I wil get home. And I do.

So, the only picture I managed to take during my short trip was this one. It has been taken just above San Giuliano Terme, towards South. The big buildings you see are, from the left: Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower), Duomo (Cathedral), and the Battistero (Baptistry). Would have been even nicer somewhat later with the sun lower, but what were I to do there by the road while waiting (as I can't enjoy sigarillos any more)?

Tomorrow is full of other engagements, but I hope to climb some mountains on Thurday.

Have a nice day - ride carefully - ATGATT!

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Old 12-12-2007, 11:44 AM   #28
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:25 PM   #29
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Those pictures bring back some great memories. My grandparents came from St. Maria del Guidice, near Lucca and I've been back to visit the family there. Beautiful area that I definitely want to visit on a motorcycle. Have done a lot of the Alps on a bike so I had better try down south next time.
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:28 AM   #30
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an obscure security-protocol programming-language
u raised my curiosity here.... what it is ?

And about the truck drivers strike, what's the status ?
I'm interested as I'll be probably in your area for Natale.

grazie,
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