The climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was exactly 284 stairs, up this winding spiral staircase.
Beautiful weather means more time on my bike, which is hard to hate. My strategy of looking for a long, straight looking road to follow failed again. I finally found the road I was looking for, but it quickly turned into something seeming like a highway. I decided to turn around after some time and explore the city. I figure that I’d be better off getting lost in the city than somewhere on the outskirts.
On the way back to the city centre, I finally flatted. There is lots and lots of glass on the side of the roads. My Specialized Turbo Pro tires have somehow held up pretty well, and I don’t even think I flatted due to a puncture. I only have a compact hand pump, so it’s been near impossible to inflate my tires to the correct psi. I haven’t looked at the tube yet, but odds are it was a small pinch flat. Oh well.
I rode past the Colosseum towards the north of the city. I basically rode until I thought that things might turn into some sort of a high way, then turned west. This lead me towards the Tiber River, which I’d know how to get back from there easily. I got to see a few new things I haven’t seen before by doing this and even rode past the Vatican! A small group of Asians must have thought I was interesting because they all whipped out their cameras as I rode by…
The Vatican is on the left side by the arrow
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