We never have enough time. We spend years planning trips that we never actually make. This idea, which I believe is widespread, is based on the idea that cycling takes a lot of time. We look at social media and photos of people doing trips that last for months, but we don’t realise that we can get on our bikes before the clock strikes the next hour.
Not long ago I found that you can load a bike with minimal baggage and, only forty minutes from Florence, embark on 48 hours of pure nature and culture. For those who maybe don’t know it, an ancient road unfolds over the cypress-stippled hills between San Miniato and Siena, taking pilgrims from every corner of Europe towards Rome. I am talking about the Tuscan Via Francigena. This route, traditionally a footpath, can also be done on a suitable bicycle: a mountain bike, for example, a gravel bike or even a touring bike adapted for dirt tracks.