Grand Hotel San Michele: Contrada Bosco, 30 87022 Cetraro
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The last day.
So, the ride is over, but not the trip! The final stats are:
Consecutive days on the saddle: 11
Miles ridden: 561
Vertical feet climbed: 50,044 (which is about the same as cycling up Mt. Everest, from sea level, twice).
Flat tires: 0
Crashes: 1, but not that bad.
Servings of gelato: 19 and counting
Cups of espresso: 31 and still counting
Today's ride took us from the tiny conical town of Morano Calabro deep in Calabria, up into the mountains and through the Pollino National Park.
|Looking back at the town of Morano Calabro|
|Mark and I made it to the top, Passo dello Scolone|
|Where there is a shrine at the top, guarded by this ferocious moo cow.|
Then down a glorious but steep and rough 14km descent to the Mediterranean Sea:
and finally into our final destination, the town of Centraro, where this photo was taken:
|Riders Bill Scapell, his wife Jennifer Davis, and EK at the very, very, very end of 11 days of riding.|
After farewell champagne on the hotel terrace, there was dinner and farewells and congratulations all around.
|Suntanned and happy. Want to do this again.|
It was a remarkable experience not just because of the fabulous 11 days of riding through remote Southern Italian countryside that few tourists get to see, but because of the companionship of the 13 riders and 2 guides.
Hoping for another great trip like this next summer. Hoping next time with my cousin Alan.
|Click image to check out the album of photos from the trip.|