Running a decorative fabric and window covering business can be stressful and exhausting at times! I was fortunate to be able to recharge the batteries while on a bike tour of beautiful
this month. Cycling helps me clear the cobwebs and find fresh insights. This looks like Sonoma County but actually it’s the Ferrari-Carano Vineyards near Healdsburg. Tuscany
We cycled up to the wine caves of the Bella Winery.
I rode next to the vineyards of Silver Oak in the
. The grapes were ripe and ready for what should be a great vintage year! Alexander Valley
toward Jenner brought back a rush of wonderful memories! Russian River
route on Highway 1 was very narrow and loaded with tourists in their RV’s rushing by. It was a relief to see the Pacific Coast Lodge, our base for the next few nights. Bodega Bay
The views were breathtaking on Bodega Head! We spotted the magnificent Gray whale migration.
Our last night was at the
Inn at Occidental, a lovely and highly regarded hotel. Next door is the 1879 Union Hotel, once a favorite of our family for dinner. I fondly remember a day long ago when my Uncle told me we should have a drink at the bar of the hotel, even though our families were already in cars waiting for us! I’ll never forget it! He was a giant of a man in stature and personality and made his own rules most of the time.
Our tour leaders made a gourmet picnic for us on our last day. We all felt a little sad that the week was coming to a close!
Tired but emotionally recharged after a hard week of cycling…and wine tasting, it was now time to head over the hills to
to meet my wife, daughter and her husband. Next week we take a look at….” Napa style.” Napa
What do you do to recharge?
Images: Dick Gentry