Saturday August 13, 2005, 126 km (78 miles) – Total so far: 8,070 km (5,014 miles)
It was surprisingly easy to get out of Rome although the roads could use some attention, the Ancient Romans wrote the book on road building, where did it all go wrong?
It was a very hilly ride to Lago di Bolsena (which is either a meteor crater or a volcano) passing a few other lakes on the way including a climb to 900m on the surrounding hills.
Towns worth mentioning include the Roman settlement of Sutri complete with cave dwellings and theatre, and the medieval city of Viterbo with fortified walls and some interesting towers.
The countryside is becoming much more interesting as we head north towards Tuscany. It’s much cooler here too, at night in particular, the nights are also drawing in, it was dark by 8 pm today.