So, today, I took the cut off and went down, then up, then down through Panna to Galliano where I stopped for a cafe and pastry. The fuel felt really great and I sat in the sun with a few Italians on lunch break from somewhere. A group of 8 were playing cards inside, which is not uncommon in certain places with the older guys. Lots of fun yelling, bantering, and laughter from the card games. From Galliano back my normal way through Bosco ai Frati, another favorite road. From there over to the climb to Croce alle Vetta, then down Via Faentina almost directly home. Just a sensational, sweet ride. 91.9 kilometers in 3:57 to average 23.3 kph with 1540 meters climbed. Ciao.
One of the views climbing from Barberino.
A view from the top of the hill, just above Panna on the way back.
One of the views from Via Bolognese on the way to Passo della Futa.
Beautiful road climbing to Passo della Futa.
Wow! spectacular views in every direction.