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Gorge Loop, Thur May 12
"A City Without a Star"

Thursday in the gorge was a bit of a rest day. We were scheduled to stay there two nights, which meant we could go on one of several loop rides, or do nothing at all if preferred. The gorge was certainly beautiful, the hotel tucked right underneath a cliff, a delightful place to spend a second night.

We had been pedaling hard for four days in a row, and my legs were pretty tired and sore -- especially after all those hills the previous day. We were offered several bicycling options, if desired, or we could try hiking around in the gorge. The shortest ride was to Apt, which sounded like an adequate city but nothing special. NO stars in our trusty Michlan guides.

The other problem with going to Apt was the gorge itself. The ride down to the bottom was long, steep, and a lot of fun -- the ride back up to the top didn't sound nearly as nice. In fact, it sounded like "a world of pain", as Brek kept warning us! So I was rather hesitant about the idea of going for a ride. If that wasn't convincing enough, the gorge also had a tempting swimming pool that looked like it would feel wonderful when the sun peaked in the sky.

Still I also disliked the idea of doing nothing. Sure we could have just relaxed at the bottom of the gorge, drinking coffee and enjoying the sun. In fact, we did that all morning. Then we had a nice leisurely lunch at the hotel's restaurant with Jen. I had a funky shrimp dish that came in a big tinfoil package, complete with heads and tails, and little black eyes that stared back at you (I didn't eat those though).

The hotel's restaurant had an outdoor terrace, with a stunning view of the rock wall and trees. It was an impressive place to have lunch.

After lunch though, Lynn and I decided to EARN our dinner. We went for a hike. (Of course, we hadn't brought hiking clothes or shoes, so we had to wear an odd combination of biking gear and city clothes. It worked though.) First we walked along the river, admiring the woods and rapids and such....

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renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
He felt we needed to be exposed to this "culture", whether we wanted to or not!

Brek was awesome, very fun. (:
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: June 17th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I though that trotters and tripe was an English speciality.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well that's the English version -- I'm not sure if pied et pacquette is prepared the same or not. Just has the same approximate ingrediants, from what I understand. I haven't tried either...have you?
bjorng From: bjorng Date: June 17th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you get a chance to try the pool?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, the day ended up being a little overcast and rainy, not as much of a swimming afternoon after all.

We had a pool our last day in Tuscany, and we went swimming there though!
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