|Left Torino by train at about 7:15 in order to avoid cycling in a big city. Arrived in Asti at about 8:15. It was beautiful to start riding so early in nice warm and sunny weather with vineyards as far as the eye can see! Completed about 75km cycling in hilly wine country (Piemonte) by the end of the day! We adjusted our ride from our planned itinerary to make up for the extra day required to climb the Col de Grand St Bernard. We by-passed Alba and headed south through La Morra, situated on top of a hill. The climb was tough, especially with the heat, although we weren't complaining after the cold weather we had previously experienced. Beautiful vistas! We stayed overnight in Barolo at an agri tourismo. Sampled some wonderful Barolo wines and found a delightful little restaurant with about 5 small tables. When we sat down there were no menus, but the waitress asked us what type of wine we wanted....Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco etc. She selected a bottle off the shelf and plopped it on the table. That was the only decision we had to make that evening. After 3-4 courses, she then deposited a bottle of Grappa on the table.