Today I led my first bike tour since arriving back in Florence and it felt great to really be "back"! The clients flew in from Chicago on their private jet to spend 2 weeks in Italy, and today was one of 3 days that we will be escorting them through the countryside on their bikes. I met Dominick and the team in the early morn and we shuttled to Lucca, where we picked up our guests at their private villa. Our ride began in Viarreggio where we started pedaling along the coast to Forte dei Marmi. We then ascended inland to Camaiore and Pedona to Bargecchia and Casella along the same route of the Gran Fondo Versilia. It was awesome.
I was amazed at how far I have come in only 6 weeks back on my bike, after 5 months off the bike and after recovering from major surgery. It is surely driven by the passion within and this great love I have for life.
I was in my element today. Entertaining and equally being entertained by the great company, sharing my passion with others, while cycling along a challenging course and just being thankful for being able to return to my life here in Italy.