Riding in Tuscany

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tagesk, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Lucky! Sounds fantastic. We would be there Sunday, but c'est la vie.
  2. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Thanks so much for this continuing series of great reports! Your insights and advice are really helpful and entertaining, and that is a difficult combination for many writers to achieve. I have started your thread at the beginning so I am slowly catching up.....

    But I must say that your friends in post #135 are giants like you!! What? Is there something in the water in Norway that grows people like trees?

    I hope someday to come to Tuscany, ride one of your bikes, and we will go have a nice lunch somewhere!
  3. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    Sir,
    Thank you for spending your time reading.
    I am (still) working on the Piemonte - Sardinia - Nordkapp (14.500 km) report.

    About size: If you include my wife, the four of us in Post 135 have an average of above 180 cm :lol3
    Without her we're about 190 cm average.

    [TaSK]
  4. TomatoCan

    TomatoCan Oh my goodness me.

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    I miss this thread.
  5. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    >"I miss this thread."

    Ditto here. :cry
  6. Soty

    Soty Adventurer

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    Tage, I also miss it ...
  7. rdtz

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    Ditto the above !
  8. Joyseeker

    Joyseeker a biking sweetie

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    great thread.... many thanks.
  9. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    me too.

    :wave
  10. TonyZA

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    Ditto
  11. Docbru

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    If I know Tage, he's probably busy 'riding the ride' rather than 'riding the report'.
  12. Nordkapp55

    Nordkapp55 Been here awhile

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    Where are you, Tage?
  13. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Always a joy to read.:D
  14. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    come back, Tage, come back!
  15. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Okay all you followers of Tage and "Riding in Tuscany"....I have it on good authority that he has been up in the land of the frozen north putting his shoulder to the wheel to replenish his coffers a bit, but that the time is almost coming when he will be returning home and, one hopes, finishing that last ride report and posting many more! My message: don't give up the ship! :smile6
  16. DrSmooth

    DrSmooth I am third

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    Just finished the entire thread. More more!!
  17. musicman

    musicman Been here awhile

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    I too, am missing one of the more diverse and intelligent ride reports on the interwebz. In the meantime I have had to amuse myself by actually riding. The ride report "Coast to Coast on an Italian Supermodel" has also provided some intellectual stimulation but I miss Tage and his Tuscan wisdom.
  18. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    This is the first in a series of eight. List of all the parts at the
    end of this post.

    The text discussing a picture is always below the picture itself.

    In an effort to try something new, all images are "clickable" in this
    report.

    Finally, I've updated the very first post in Riding in Tuscany to hold
    links to the most interesting reports.

    Thank you.

    [​IMG]

    There is something with self portraits. When I look at a this one--for
    example--it is obvious that the picture shows what I look like. But
    more importantly, it shows how I want to be seen. Together, the two
    might capture who I am. We see a mature man who not only with great
    care have avoided buying a Canon or Nikon, but who also have used
    black tape so that no one can see which camera he has. A man who uses
    a mechanical instrument called watch (rarely seen outside Italy,
    these days), sitting in a bar in Roma, finding it convenient to show
    who he thinks he is. The picture is, at best, a reflection of the
    self rather than of reality. If your belly is is too large, it is
    hardly natural (at least not for me) to let it show (too much) on
    self portraits. No matter how much your belly is part of "reality".

    After my near-death experience a few years back, I spend quite some
    time thinking about Life, Universe, and Everything. I think about the
    difference between who I am and who I want to be, and similarly
    fruitless exercises.

    I watched the picture when I took it and I looked at it again in the
    privacy of my office. Do I see the man I feel I am? Is this the man
    I want to see? Who is he? The problem is that I have faith in man's
    ability to change himself. So, if I don't like what I see I need to
    do something. But what is "something"?

    [​IMG]

    What does a man think, when he sitting next to a woman on a bench on
    the Metro in Roma, when the woman is a nun and she is sending an SMS?
    Nuns are not supposed to send SMS. What about men not accustomed to
    nuns (like me)?

    [​IMG]

    A bench at the Gemelli station in Roma is no different than a bench at
    Jernbanetorget in Oslo. A public place with thousands of people
    passing by, but still a little private universe. The man does not look
    at the nun, but he knows she is there. Ans it is a she, not a thing.
    A woman.

    I look at the empty bench here on my side of the platform, and try to
    feel that I would have though if she was here on this side. What fills
    your mind, waiting for the train, next to a woman on a bench in a
    train station? The man has chosen to divide his part of the bench in
    two equal parts. Would I have done the same? Or further away because
    nuns is a foreign concept for me, religion on that level in general in
    fact.

    I try to learn more about myself.

    [​IMG]

    Nuns are strange, but in Roma there are many other things you can be
    fascinated by. Marble, for example. Here, then, is the question: Are leaves
    made in marble beautiful? Leaves out in Nature must surely be better?
    Or is it the dedication and effort behind it all, that gives rise to
    this feeling of beauty? The smooth, cool, but yet hard surface.

    [​IMG]

    Roma is a good place to ponder on all this. No, thatis not correct.
    Roma is a good place to harvest impressions, perspectives and points
    of view. But there is simply too much noise in Roma to think. Mulling
    over Life and Death, Love, Universe, and Everything, that is what I do
    when I ride my motorcycle. This time, I am riding on Sardinia.

    The report is in eight parts; they are
    1. This introduction
    2. Shakespeare (or, Getting there)
    3. Old men (or, Riding alone)
    4. Love (after a small delay)
    5. A day together with Edel (or, getting old)
    6. First round-trip (forthcoming)
    7. Second round trip (forthcoming)
    8. Going home (forthcoming)
    The list will be updated with links as soon as the reports are ready.

    Capa Superiore della Famiglia has arranged everything that need to be
    arranged. Not only is she far better than me in those affairs, she
    also feels the need to do them. So I let her.

    I prepare by going to Roma and looking at marble.

    [​IMG]

    In short: We rode the 270 km down to Civitavecchia, took the ferry to
    Cagliari south on Sardinia, rode 2.300 km, too the ferry back to
    Civitavecchia from Olbia in the north, and then rode home.

    Our SPOT tracked the whole trip (in real time). You can study the log
    here.

    Thank you for your attention; I hope you will not be left with the feeling that
    your time has been wasted.

    [TaSK]
  19. Nordkapp55

    Nordkapp55 Been here awhile

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    Welcome back! Good shots and good "words"!!!
  20. Padre

    Padre Distant Spot on a Sandbar

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    The man sits as though half the bench is his space. The nun sits as though the entire bench is her space. Did the nun sit first? How much space does a human require?

    Welcome back! Looking forward to your report!