Nice ride today. My timing was a little off, as if I had returned 15 minutes earlier, I would have been dry. As it was, I had the opportunity to ride through a little downpour on the way home. Actually, a good time to ride through a downpour if you have to, as dry, warm home awaits. I did a ride I often do today, not too long, but not that short either. A fair amount of vertical for the distance as well. I rode up the main road from Bagno a Ripoli today rather than via Carota, which was kind of nice as a change. I do like the Carota road much better though. 64.8 kilometers (39.8 miles) in 3:01 for an average speed of 21.2 kph (13.2 mph) with 1117 meters (3665 feet) climbed. 18,804 kilometers in for the year, leaving 1196 remaining for my goal.
The interesting thing I saw today was on the road climbing to Monteloro. As you climb, you pass a working convent and monastery, and today it appeared to be maintenance time. So, as I was climbing, I saw a nun (novice?) with a weed eater and face shield / head protection. Just past the monastery buildings, I saw three monks with ladders climbing up and down to do roof maintenance on some of the housing a few hundred meters from the monastery. I thought in particular, you don't see a nun in full garb with a weed eater too often. I did not think it would be right to stop for a photo, so you will have to take my word for it. Ciao.
I love this tiny road between Cellai and Bombone.
Winter vineyards and clouds on the hillside in the distance.
Loved the clouds on the hillside opposite where I was riding.
The mountain shows through the clouds and if you really look
you could probably find Regello.