Today, I met Nicola, a visiting Canadian, who is here for 9 months and has been riding with the team often for the last 4 months or so. We left Piazza Liberta, then went out through Ponte a Ema, then up Via Carota, one of my favorite roads to Via Roma, then up to San Donato in Collina, descending to Cellai, then turning off for Bombone. Another of my favorite roads here, and we enjoyed the ride to Bombone. Back on a more main road, and also into the wind, as this part of the ride is pretty open. The wind was surprisingly strong, and we stopped just past Rosano for a cafe and pastry. This is a great spot, although I have only stopped there a few times, but excellent cafe and really wonderful food. We shared a slice of cake - chocolate / Ricotta, which was great and two different types of Fratelli, a traditional pastry for this time of year. Anyway, really great, and the two guys behind the counter, cousins, took the time to give us a little history of the place and their family has been running this incarnation of the building / business for over 100 years.
We enjoyed a tail wind on the main road to Sieci, then turned off to climb to Monteloro, then decided to climb a little more to Montefanna before descending to Fiesole. From Fiesole, back into town taking a nice little road from San Domenico to Le Cure. Fun to ride with Nicola, as she is a strong rider, a very nice person, and very enthusiastic about the riding and the routes I take her on. Today's ride was 63.3 kilometers in 3:09, averaging 20.1 kph with 1252 meters climbed. Yesterday was a little over 50 k in a little over two hours with around 500 meters of climbing. Good couple of days.
A grey, but nice afternoon yesterday. The hills and a couple
of villas in the San Casciano area, after starting the descent
What a beautiful day for a ride. The countryside just after the turn
off to go toward Bombone.
Love the way the trees frame this villa in the countryside to the
North of Cellai.