Our final bicycle day in Tuscany was a fairly light ride. Only 29 k of riding, then a final short train into Florence (since it's a busy city and not ideal for bicycles).
Since it was a short day, Lynn and I slept in a bit. After breakfast, we decided another nice stroll around the hotel's grounds would make for a good morning. We settled by the pool, just relaxing and soaking in the view. Shortly later, Jacqui Kris and Brek joined us there.
As we all lounged by the pool, the sun climbing higher in the sky, we started getting overly warm. The others were all wearing cycling clothes; I was wearing a cycling top but just my black yoga pants underneath. We were all talking about how nice the pool would feel, if only we had swimming clothes. I think it was Kris who pointed out, "Our bike clothes are all quick-dry."
We still weren't seriously considering it, and Jacqui started to walk down to her room. Then suddenly she turned back, and before we really believed it, she had taken off her shoes and jumped in the water! Kris wasn't far behind, then Brek stripped down to his bike shorts and hopped in. Then Lynn did the same. I was sooo tempted, but I was wearing my only pair of long pants, and they weren't quick-dry!
Brek climbed out, determined to drag me in. He was on the verge of picking me up and throwing me in when I relented. "You guys won't make fun of me if I swim in my underwear, will you?" They assured me they wouldn't, so I pulled off my socks/shoes/pants, exposing the bright pink panties I happened to be wearing that day to the world (well, 4 people), and plunged in.
It felt wonderful, so very refreshing! Spontaneity is good for the soul. Feeling invigorated, we all returned to our rooms, packed up our panniers one final time, then took off. The 5 of us enjoyed the last day's journey together, Brek leading the way.