I took off on my ride on another hot day, and had a truly great ride. The moodiness faded with each passing kilometer, and by the middle of the ride, I was totally stoked. I rode out the Viale to Piazza Ferucci, then out to Bagno a Ripoli. At Bagno a Ripoli, you start a long climb to San Donato in Collina, a climb of around 1800 vertical feet. It is a great road, and with a few exceptions, the climb is not that steep. From San Donato, I descended through Troghi, Cellai (water stop), Palazzolo, then turned off just after Burchio. This descent has become one of my favorites, and today was no exception. From Burchio I rode over to the bridge across the Arno, then climbed, and descended, then climbed again to the turn off toward Matassino, then climbed to Regello, where I found more good, and actually reasonably cold water. From Regello, I climbed to Pietrapiana, the descended to San Donato Fronzano, then climbed to Donnini. More water in Donnini, again, quite cold, then a beautiful climb to Tosi. More water in Tosi, then a descent, with some climbing mixed in to Paterno, then Pelago. From Pelago, a descent to hook into the main road, then a continuing descent into Pontesieve. Back home with a tail wind, yippee, through Sieci, Compiobbi, etc., to Firenze. A total of 90 kilometers in 3 hours and 52 minutes, with a climbing guess of 4000 vertical feet. The road to Regello I had not ridden in a number of years, and the road across, up, etc. to Tosi, then Pelago was truly beautiful and fun. Hey, I have to remind myself to be present and enjoy!
A shot of the great descent between Cellai and Palazzolo.
I just love this road!
A beautiful small church and bell tower on the way out of Palazzolo.
On the climb to Regello, there are some sandstone formations
that I have only seen on this road in Tuscany.
Wow. A nice little country villa on the climb to Tosi from Donnini.