Day 11 Monday 2018-10-15, Castellina - Badesse return.

Day 11 Monday 2018-10-15, Castellina - Badesse return.

Today was to be a quite day with a late start. With new found knowledge of ebike battery regeneration setting, we headed  partly down the SR222 (the south Florence to Siena route route).

It was an easy descent to Fonterutoli, where we looked for a wine tasting vineyard. It appears most wineries give tours only, so we noted the restaurant as a possible lunch destination for later.

Further south on SR222 was a good descent and we rode through the village of Quercegrossa.

Then we turned west on  a small link rode via Basciano. It was a very scenic road for photo stops through the Tuscan hills.

The village of Badesse was the lowest point of elevation, before we started the climb up the pretty and challenging yellow road via the villages of Lornano, Tolena , Quattrovie and Leonino.

We made it to the winery restaurant by 3:00pm for a late lunch in the tiny village of Fonterutoli. The food presentation was creative, with the tirimusu served in a ceramic plat pot. It was our most expensive meal (€110) and a good reward for the big hill climbs.

The pedal up the last 4.5km gained 85m of elevation. Karen had worked out the gears and the ebike assist mode and took the climb in her stride.

Dinner was another picnic of meat, cheese and olives on the terrace. It was a pleasant setting for dining and we enjoyed the less formality of going to a restaurant.

 Karen, Charlie and Becky on the way down SR222

Karen, Charlie and Becky on the way down SR222

 Karen racing a Ferrari 

Karen racing a Ferrari 

 A nice day for cycling

A nice day for cycling

  Karen on her ebike

 Karen on her ebike

 Our late lunch at the winery Restaurant  

Our late lunch at the winery Restaurant  

 The very large ravioli  

The very large ravioli  

 The tirimisu in the pot plant

The tirimisu in the pot plant

 The view from the terrace where we at dinner

The view from the terrace where we at dinner