TODAY’S POST-RACE OVERVIEW
After the finish in Matera we drove to the town of Conosa di Puglia, the mid-point of Stage 06 and our home for the evening. We checked into Hotel d’Altavilla then walked to the center of town looking for a Ristorante or Osteria or Trattoria or Pizzaria or similar, instead we found Aquearela do Brazil, a Brazilian Themed Restaurant and Discotheque. We were seated inside an empty-except-for-us dining room with vaulted, domed ceilings and white brick walls with no windows. On the 12-foot projector above the 40-foot long, 8-foot high full color photographic mural of a beach in Rio De Janeiro, we watched Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) MTV video from 1987 while discussing which of set multi-course meals sounded best. We decided on the 25 Euro Churrasco Base featuring eight different roasted meats (Maminha, Coxa De Franco, Linguica, etc.) and unlimited access to the antipasta buffet which was mostly rice, rice and beans, rice and sausage and beans, rice and sausage and beans soup, and coleslaw. The DJ stand in the corner (real turntables), like every table in the room, was draped in a yellow and green table cloth and a sign hanging off the front read, “Ordem E Progresso,” (Latin for Order and Progress) a slogan inspired by Auguste Comte’s motto of positivism. Every five minutes for the next forty minutes, a large, still steaming, side of skewered meat was brought to our table and sliced for us on the spot, during which procedure we were instructed to move the meat from his plate to our plate using the tongs provided—the procedure on the whole felt ritualistic.
After dinner, at approximately 9:30pm, we walked to the center of town for gelato and one last cappuccino (our 8th for the day). In middle of the square on a large gazebo-like stage, surrounded by hundreds of friends, couples, gangs of kids, groups of adults etc, a Giro-related spin demonstration was underway. Each of the participants/spinners wore a pink tee-shirt, there was loud techno music, everyone was enjoying themselves.