Candice and Her Bicycle

We did it!  Matteo and I got married at our home in San Casciano in Val di Pesa on 7 September.  We were so happy to share our special day with friends and family from around the globe.  Che bella giornata!

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

We did it!  Matteo and I got married at our home in San Casciano in Val di Pesa on 7 September.  We were so happy to share our special day with friends and family from around the globe.  Che bella giornata!

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

Maratona dles Dolomites 2013. We’re a group of 30ish driving up to Corvara today. Unfortunately, Matteo didn’t get an entry - of 8000 riders, they reserve 4000 entries for foreigners (so it was quite easy for me to get in). It’s almost July, but it’s snowing(!) up there, so I packed all of my cold weather riding gear. Our first stop on the way up - the Autogrill - where I had to throw some ‘bows to get to the counter to claim my purchased fresh-squeezed OJ and a croissant. Now we’re back in the car for another few hours!

Maratona dles Dolomites 2013. We’re a group of 30ish driving up to Corvara today. Unfortunately, Matteo didn’t get an entry - of 8000 riders, they reserve 4000 entries for foreigners (so it was quite easy for me to get in). It’s almost July, but it’s snowing(!) up there, so I packed all of my cold weather riding gear. Our first stop on the way up - the Autogrill - where I had to throw some ‘bows to get to the counter to claim my purchased fresh-squeezed OJ and a croissant. Now we’re back in the car for another few hours!

Sorting through old photos on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Thanks for teaching me how to ride a bike, Dad!

Sorting through old photos on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Thanks for teaching me how to ride a bike, Dad!

Spring is here!  Backroads Hiring Event in Paris, cycling with my fiance Matteo, Exploring Piemonte with Fede, and spinning along in a series of granfondos!

I know the Bay Area isn’t really a secret, but wow, how did I not figure this out sooner?  Sunny skies, amazing cycling so close, incredible people, food second only to Italy… I’ve been feeling full of thanks all weekend… riding in the East Bay, Napa, and Marin; enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Jeff & Mel’s; and setting foot on a floating home.  Che bel posto!

Sunday ride in Napa - no rain(!), leaves changing colors, great crew, pastry stop… aaaah, how lovely!

Sunday ride in Napa - no rain(!), leaves changing colors, great crew, pastry stop… aaaah, how lovely!

Oh, the wild joys of living!

—Browning

Things to do in October:

1. Look creepy in San Giovanni

2. Enjoy the views in Chianti

3. Hike w/19 new friends!

4. Play with fake teeth

5. Eat pizza!

Granfondo Selle Italia, Carpi.  13 October, 2012.  Fast, fun (small) race!  I drove up solo, enjoyed the flat start and the hills mid-race.  I ended up riding with Ezio from the area (he was sporting a nice ‘Free Tibet’ kit) and he and about 15 others let me ride in the back of their pack all the way to the finish.  I’m already looking forward to riding with the Gaudenzi girls in 2013!

Granfondo Selle Italia, Carpi.  13 October, 2012.  Fast, fun (small) race!  I drove up solo, enjoyed the flat start and the hills mid-race.  I ended up riding with Ezio from the area (he was sporting a nice ‘Free Tibet’ kit) and he and about 15 others let me ride in the back of their pack all the way to the finish.  I’m already looking forward to riding with the Gaudenzi girls in 2013!

Granfondo del Prosecco - Valdobbiadene, Italy.  120km, 3hr 55min.  Fast start, tired legs at 80km, but met up with someone I’d ridden with before at the 100km mark.  Finished, then filled up with risotto, pasta, cheese, and roast beef before driving back down to Tuscany!

Granfondo del Prosecco - Valdobbiadene, Italy.  120km, 3hr 55min.  Fast start, tired legs at 80km, but met up with someone I’d ridden with before at the 100km mark.  Finished, then filled up with risotto, pasta, cheese, and roast beef before driving back down to Tuscany!

We made it!  We had a leisurely ride from our beach camp in Sile to Istanbul.  We cycled along the Bosphorus, toasted the trip with champagne, took a sunset boat cruise and had a last dinner with our group.  A great conclusion to an incredible adventure.

More to follow in the next week once I’m back in Italy and settled.  Sorry for the lack of posts in Turkey, but I was ill quite a bit the last few weeks (no more kebabs for me…).  

Thanks again to all who helped me on this journey.  I hope to see you all soon!

Love,

Candice

Eight days left!

A few photos from Georgia.  

Ride update

Day 114: 86 km

Day 115: 124 km

Day 116: 116 km

Day 117: 137 km

Day 118: 120 km

Day 119: 142 km

Day 120: 122 km

Missed Garmin kms: 62

Total so far: 10,137 km

Ani, Turkey.