Friday, 20 April 2018: let’s go!
I warmly greet old-time friends and personally meet virtual ones.I love these events for the warmth and friendliness they create amongst the participants and the Rally of Umbria even more so since I feel it’s a bit “mine”!
The Fontana Maggiore (a monumental fountain), downtown Perugia, is surrounded by bikes ready to pass under the arch to start the rally … how exciting!!!
The route is smooth, interrupted by rocky sections that make it a bit less “boring”; the difficulty increases slightly in the afternoon for some muddy potholes and we have fun like children!I laugh while I watch these grown men trying to outdo each other in having the dirtiest bike …. Yes, we are kids, what a blast!!! I ride most of the way with Ettore, what a wonderful man, so patient: “I need to say hello to that guy” “would you take a picture of me?” “I need to go number1”, etc.
By Friday we are partners, like at the Anábasi … without Tequila and rain!
Saturday, 21 April 2018
I leave right on time at 8 am with Andrea, Luciano, Filippo and Alberto, very nice and fun friends of mine
The 330 km we need to cover do not scare us … in fact, after 330 meters, we stop at a bar for a slow plentiful breakfast, chats and laughs … I love NONcompetitive Rallies!!!
“Guys, if we go on like it’s going to be dark when we arrive!” … despite my warning, the pace of the day doesn’t change.
Riding on dirt roads, we pass through fabulous sceneries where the landscape is breathtaking, we carefreely cover kilometers with a laugh and a picture here and there. Lunch is held in Poggiodomo, a little town in the middle of nowhere, where I start talking with an elderly man who lives there and I’m pleasantly surprised when he says that he is happy to see us “usually nobody comes here, you cheer the town up!” … I hope to see him again one day.
Soon enough the tail gunners arrive and we all joke and laugh together.
A concert and happy hour for all participants were planned for the evening, but we arrive late for both … it doesn’t matter we had a lot of fun.