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Old Aug 30th 2014, 09:48 AM   #61
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In Milan I realized, though, that the tech sector (mostly still in Silicon Valley) isn't just making hardware and software people want. Companies like Airbnb are giving people who previously had no real options to supplement their incomes a platform to earn in ways they could never have previously. And of course, it allows me to venture into regions and meet people I never would have had the pleasure of meeting.

Like two of the most warm and hospitable people you could ever meet. (The owners of that most incredible place outside of Firenze, above).





Once again, people I've felt I've known my whole life. So wonderfully warm and kind and interesting and enthusiastic about life. On the last day I was there they were both working downstairs. He'd said something and she just started laughing....it was the kind of laughter that was very rare to hear in anyone above the age of 8 or 9. Pure, unadulterated joy. They had love, they had each other and, as the pictures of their devastatingly gorgeous property demonstrate, a home unlike no other.

Clearly, THIS is the Italy most of us dream about and it's real. (PM me if you'd like to book a week at their place, no commission involved.)
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Old Aug 30th 2014, 09:48 AM   #62
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They weren't the only new friends I met. While riding nearby on the single-lane/bi-directional maze of roads surrounding the area I stopped to see just how lost I was and.....



Curious little bastard came out to see what the hell all that booming vibration and heat was.

Now, I recall reading a long time ago that there's a viper endemic to Europe that have a tendency to bite unexpectedly (unlike rattlesnakes in CA who get all crazy and frenetic before they strike, often never even striking before slithering off). Was a grass snake the one with the V on its neck or was it the Viper with the V? God damn it--I always remember the details, just not exactly in the right order. But he just looked so damned cute, so what the fuck. He was clearly a fan, so I let him indulge in the details of the bike he (she?) was so attracted to.








Maybe she was a she after all?



Not sure. But definitely wanted to come along for the ride.

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Old Aug 30th 2014, 09:49 AM   #63
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I did get bit, though.



Only not by a serpent.



It was a Saturday. Everything was closed except a gas station with a bar in it. No one spoke English. Hard to tell in the first photo, but that was air bubbling out of my roadside air-leak test kit (spit). The following day was Sunday, meaning absolutely nothing would be open and the day after that was Monday, which I think was a holiday. Tuesday would follow, but I'm sure there's probably a law about auto part-shops being open, and Wed. was National "Can't Repair a Tire" day.

I rode around and simply could not believe my eyes when I saw a Fiat garage with their garage bays open. After some apologetic Italian I was directed to the owner who spoke a little English. He sicked his "specialist in tire repair on it." He was a grumpy old codger who I don't think liked me very much. I also don't think he believed that I had a hole in my tire until he, too, spit on the back of it, then looked up in surprise at me (for being right) when he saw bubbles.



He tried to get the hole puncture file thing into the hole, but needed a bit of help. A testament to how strong these f'in tires are.



Couldn't help but feel the shame of not having my own kit, but this is the first puncture I've ever had on a bike. In any case....got lucky I found these guys. Otherwise I'd have had to stay indefinitely in the Tuscan hills....
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Old Aug 30th 2014, 11:39 AM   #64
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Blade Runner moment. Machine meets its maker:





Machine makes it through the region bearing its name:



After one too many days of not eating on the road, I played it safe and packed a lunch (salami and bread). Need to do this more often. Soon as I find an anti-venom for sodium nitrate.

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Old Aug 30th 2014, 12:47 PM   #65
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Salame is good! I grew up with it
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Old Aug 30th 2014, 01:49 PM   #66
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The snake you picked up is a grass snake, at least that's what they are called in the UK, usually live near a water source, eat frogs newts etc
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Originally Posted by sean999r View Post
The snake you picked up is a grass snake, at least that's what they are called in the UK, usually live near a water source, eat frogs newts etc
Yeah, researched it when I got back and decided that, in the future, I should probably ID my snakes positively before picking them up.
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My backpack doesn't exactly take all the fun out of riding in the twisties, but it definitely erodes the pleasure more than a small amount. So I stopped at a small town at the base of the Alps (within striking distance to the Dolomites), checked into a small loft, dropped my gear and headed up this road for my first taste of Alpine riding:



Looks a lot more fun than it was. One and a half lanes of two way traffic, turns sharp enough to slice prosciutto and rather stubborn dim-wits who could easily ruin a set of forks.





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Yeah, researched it when I got back and decided that, in the future, I should probably ID my snakes positively before picking them up.
Been there done thatů.Under advice from our "snake guy" picked up a Coral Snake that he said (via phone) was a King Snake and put it in a paper bag. When he met up with me and opened the bag he dropped it and yelled "oh FUCK." I should have punched him.

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Old Sep 1st 2014, 01:15 PM   #70
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The pics of this ride really don't need any sort of description:









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