…has been another ideal day; not too easy, but manageable by me, and even enjoyable. Another good night’s sleep, although quite cold. I woke to completely blue skies. As I was leaving the campsite I noticed the espresso machine in the campsite café and couldn’t resist! Inside I ended up chatting to a British couple. I haven’t found it common to meet Brits on the campsites so it was pleasant to chat in English for a while. It was also pleasant to have people interested and even impressed with what I am doing!!
On the road, after the initial 2km climb into Volterra, it was a great downhill, but it was short-lived! I had heard Tuscany was quite flat, but I am sure I have done more climbing today than falling. My route passed a couple of great castles, and picturesque towns on adjacent hills, it was a shame I didn’t stop, but you can’t stop everywhere and I wanted to get to Siena in time to look around. I made pretty good time, for me, and again it was a good plan because the hill to the campsite was the last I could’ve managed!
It is another great campsite, with a big pool! Sadly there are also lots of Americans being loud around it. After a swim I got the bus into town. I was too late for the info office so I had no idea what there was to see, I just wandered around. Siena is a very likeable city. The huge square, or rather circle, is a beautiful place to sit and watch life go by. It is one of those small cities where I could see myself living.
Evidently there is quite a trail of cyclists through here on the way to Rome. There is even a discount for a campsite in Rome if you cycle from here. The plan tomorrow is to head toward Lago di Bolsena, which is too far away, but the next place with a campsite marked on the map. Hopefully there will be a site about half-way, otherwise I will keep going as long as I can and then ‘wild’ camp. Still on track for Rome by the weekend!