From Bagno a Ripoli, we climbed up past Osteria Nuova, to the top of the hill at San Donato in Collina. We re-grouped and I explained the descent and described the old Medici summer villa we would see on the way down. We descended down through Troghi, Cellai, and stopped in Pallazzolo for a pastry and a cafe for Brenda. I had ridden by this particular Bar, and there always seemed to be local people hanging out there or eating. The pastry I had was quite good. From Pallazzolo, we continued descending to Incisa, then rode by the river (Arno) to Figline, where we turned off for the climb to the Passo de Sugame. It is a really wonderful climb, and lately I have been detouring before the top to La Panca, but today we rode to the top, which is just a spectacular road and climb. We did the long descent in Greve, and had a nice lunch on Brenda. Thanks, Brenda.
At lunch, I mentioned some of the options for our return, and Brenda picked the most direct route. We rode quickly as she has good skills at a pace line, and she even led part of the time. I did have us turn off at Galluzzo to pick up the road to Cascine del Riccio and Cinque Vie, before getting back into town at Piazza Ferruci. We rode in next to the Arno, crossed and rode past the Ufficci, then returned the bike to the garage. We walked back to the hotel, and I gave them some quick advice on riding around Greve and Siena, where they are headed to next. Thanks for the business, it was wonderful riding with you Brenda. Sorry you were not feeling well, Mike. It did appear that Mike was better upon our return and was interested in the routes for the next few days. Ciao.
Brenda - San Donato, Incisa, Greve, Tavernuzze, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Brenda on the climb to San Donato in Collina.
Another shot of Brenda climbing to San Donato.
Outside the Bar in Pallazzolo where we had pastries and cafe.
Brenda in front of some vineyards on the climb to Passo de Sugame.
Brenda in front of the gates to what I believe is Sting's place,
on the climb to Passo de Sugame.
Some vineyards with the leaves turning almost at the top of the Passo.