cycling3:12:42 30.65 mi (6:17 / mi) +275m6:07 / mi ahr:91 max:153 slept:6.0
Loop ride, mostly flattish, starting and ending from the Palatino Hotel in Tripoli and heading out to Manteneia. Quite a few lengthy stops along the way. Beautiful day, springlike. A little worried about sun exposure, but kept re-applying sun screen and it worked out ok. First stop was at a strange church, apparently built by a somewhat mad visionary about 50 years ago, a mixture of styles, classic Greek, Roman, Byzantine, his own ideas. Then off to the archaeological digs, part of the old city state of Manteneia, one of the four oldest city states of the Pelopponese. Some more riding, and then a trip to a pretty fine looking cave system, where we got a pretty extensive tour. Then a wine tasting and lunch at a small local winery, with a presentation on the wines by the sweetest young lady, daughter of the proprietors. Lunch was what sounds like pasticcio, but is more like a lasagne with macaroni noodles instead of flat ones. By now my R quad was throbbing quite a bit, so kept to my lowest gears on the way back from there.
Dinner was buffet, not really remarkable, except for the dessert, a walnut honey cake which we garnished with a bit of yogurt. Fabulous. Even the ordinarily dessert averse Rhonda was having some, and with enthusiasm.