I just love the little bar / cafe in Regello, where I stopped for a cafe and pastry (a sfolia con crema a riso). It was nice in the sun to sit a little and enjoy both. Not time to linger too long though, as the climb to Saltino awaited. What a fun ride, but I am tired, and tonight is our biggest "fancy" event of the year, a holiday dinner for a great organization here called Friends of Florence that raises money to renovate works of art. Expensive for us, but a cause we are happy to support. Our big treat of the year and one of the few nights I need to wear a suit and tie.
Today's ride was 108.5 kilometers (66.6 miles) in 4:38 for an average speed of 23..2 kph (14.4 mph) with 1691 meters (5548 feet) of climbing. 19,222 km completed this year, leaving 778 to reach my goal of 20,000 km.
On the road toward Palazzolo, you get this view of the days
objective, Saltino and Vallombrosa, around 2/3 the way up
the ridge in the distance.
This field is just so green in the Valdarno on the way to Matassino.
Got to get the bike in a shot from the top of the climb
on the way to Saltino.
The view to the west from just before Saltino at the viewing area.