Rabbit Quest really is fun home and away, offering at least one option for somewhere to go. This morning, first of a few days in Tuscany accompanying The Squeeze, the quest was about 1.5km away and reasonably close to a road. Off I went.

Map of the route Walking in this part of the world at this time of the year is always a treat. The roads and tracks are generally in good shape, it isn’t too hot, and the roadsides and fields are full of flowers. The topography is fascinating too, the way often opening up onto beautiful distant views and at other times enclosed by bushy margins. Ups and downs are frequent and generally manageable, which provides more entertainment.

Panoramic view of rolling Tuscan hills under a blue sky with fluffy white clouds
One of many sweeping panoramas

The quest itself was easy to reach, opposite a beautiful farmhouse agriturismo — one of many littering the landscape — that was guarded by a very friendly little Jack Russell. I walked on a bit and into a field to get a view better than the bushes closest to the quest itself.

In the shade of a big oak near the quest I consulted Open Street Map and worked out that it would be easy enough to complete a circuit rather than double back, and not a lot further, so that is what I did. Along the way I stopped to snap some wildflowers and a sign that might mean something to some readers. It suggests that tomorrow’s excursion might be on the Brompton in the direction of Montalcino, although I am unlikely to manage the final ascent.

Signposts on the Eroica cycling route covered with cyclists' stickers
A well-used signpost on the Eroica cycle route

Wildflowers along the way

Large, pale brown seedhead of, I think, salsify
Probably wild salsify
Red clover flowers with lichen-encrusted branches and snail shell out of focus in the background
Definitely red clover
Pyramidal orchid flowers among grass leaves
Pyramidal orchid, always a treat
Rampion, Campanula rapunculus

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