I took the turns to Scarperia, stopping as the climbing started and putting my shell back in the tailgater for the remainder of the ride. I rode through Scarperia, then over to San Agata, and went into the tiny Centro there to look for a bar, as I am now into the cafe mid-way through a ride. Tiny bar, but full of people and a couple of Carabinieri walked in just before me. The person behind the bar knew them and lined up a couple of saucers for their orders, then got mine and I had my machiato with them. One of them admired my new bike and I actually had a reasonable conversation with him about the bike. My Italian does not often allow this and it felt good. Just another reason to enjoy a cafe on a ride. From San Agata, I rode over to Galliano, then down to the turn to San Piero a Sieve going through Bosco ai Frati. This is a super beautiful part of the ride - the countryside was glowing green, and the Bosco Ai Frati portion is really cool. A friend, Don Cook, says it is the 401 of road biking. 401 is a very famous singletrack trail outside of Crested Butte.
From San Piero a Sieve, I climbed through Vaglia to the pass at Pratolino. From there, mostly a descent with a couple of hills (small) back to the apartment. I just felt great out there riding today. What a blessing to be here and enjoy this happiness. I love it! The summary is; 46.5 miles in 3:25 rolling time for an average speed of 13.6 mph with 3800 vertical feet of climbing at an average temperature around 58. Ciao.
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Looking toward the Centro in Scarperia, a beautiful tower ahead.
A couple of pictures of the incredibly green countryside on the way into San Agata.
(both above and below the description)
Across from the bar where I stopped for a cafe and had a conversation about
my bike with a Carabinieri this passageway opened up to a street scape above.
Water source to the right.
The campanile in San Agata.