Up with my normal relatively slow breakfast and out for a ride by 9:30 or so. I set off around the Viales to the route to Bagno a Ripoli, then climbed up through Osteria Nuova then San Donato in Collina where I found the water source. I have ridden up there many times, but not needed water. Now I know the location. Down the long hill through Troghi, Le Cellai, and turning off after Le Vallie. There I took a new road which ended up on the small river road by the Arno, then rather quickly I found the road up to Bombone. This is a relatively tough climb and one particular section always seems to push me. It is a really beautiful road and after the turn toward Santa Caterina then up to Bombone, it is truly a one lane road where when I meet a vehicle while riding, we both need to move to the side. From Bombone, I rode down to Torri, where I had a break and got more water. From there, I rode over through Volognano, then down to Rosano, a really beautiful descent, and a screamer. After Rosano, I crossed the river and rode the main road through Sieci, Girone, etc. back into town. Although I thought yesterday would be overly hot and tiring after a long hot ride on Saturday, the heat today whipped me pretty good.
A beautiful flowering shrub on the road to San Donato.
A vineyard and small villa on the new route from Vialle.
A vineyard on the road to Santa Caterina.
The tiny road to Bombone from Santa Caterina.
The counters at the Questura, no numbers called yet.
Looking the other direction at the Questura, around 300 people waiting, and the numbers have just started being called - there is a beep, then a board that displays the number and the sportello.