We all got back together at the top and enjoyed a great cafe and pastry. Sweet, but slow descent to Quaratta, as we are all careful on very wet roads, particularly when it is relatively cold. We stayed pretty close and kept a good pace back to Florence on the flats, and the 4 of us eventually turned into a group of 10 for most of the way. One of the fun things about riding here is how that happens. Today's ride was good for me, as it is close to 100 kilometers, but not really very difficult. 96.9 km (59.8 miles) in 3:34 for an average speed of 26.9 kph (16.8 mph) with 528 meters (1732 feet) of climbing. Only 592 kilometers left for my goal of 20k for the year. Getting closer every day!
On the climb to San Baronto, I started pushing the pace for me, and
saw two shadows staying with me, which eventually turned to three.
I started getting warm and took off my sunglasses and stowed them in
my vest pocket. I slowed down to accomplish this, and these two guys
passed me, which was a surprise as I thought the two shadows were
guys I was riding with. They pulled the remainder of the climb at a very
nice pace and we arrived together. We all shook hands and congratulated
each other on the good work. They happily had this picture taken while
I waited for my teammates at the bar across the street.
Andrea, Massimo, and Luigi in the bar in San Baronto enjoying
cafe and pastries after regrouping following our climb.
A bonus picture from a few days ago, on the Carraia bridge in
Florence looking Northwest. What a beautiful city.