The last day of a ride on a bike tour is always the most amazing, longest, hardest, and what you have been working for all week. We are going 35 miles to the Southern-most tip of the peninsula of Italy where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet.
The elevation guide looks like an erratic heart beat. There is always apprehension that maybe I won’t make it all the way but, the ride is so worth it.
I first ride through rolling fields of wild flowers along the coast. Then, I find myself making it up incline after incline. I am taking baby steps and don’t dwell on the huge inclines I must tackle. I look right in front of me and make it to that spot. The next thing I know, I am at the top of my first peak without any problem at all! After that I just kept conquering each and every peak until I made to all the way.
I cannot tell you what it feels like to accomplish this ride. We stop periodically to take photos.