Today, I am thankful for the Giro d'Italia (our favorite pro-cycling Grand Tour).
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~Ernest Hemingway
We're joining cycling fans around the world to celebrate the start of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy). S and I will follow the race on the Internet via subscription IPTV (offered in the US by OLN). For the next three weeks, we'll wake up very early, boot-up our laptops and watch the drama unfold as the cyclists ride through the gorgeous Italian countryside and over steep mountain passes.
We're cheering for definding champion, Paolo Savoldelli, who won today's prologue by 11 seconds. But, we also like several other Italian racers and Jose Rujano, the diminuitive Venezuelan rider and climbing phenom who finished third in 2005.
For this blessing, I am grateful.