It seemed quite warm in the sun, but in the shade, it was a different story. I think I am getting the kit set for this weather, and was quite comfortable riding. I picked riding up Via Bolognese, a hill which I know has mostly south exposure, and it was quite nice. I could see to the east that the hills above Fiesole had snow, so I was pretty sure that it would be snowy above Montorsoli on Via Bolognese. I took the turn off to Cercina, and did catch some snow and slightly icy roads by Cercina, which increased as I crested the top of the road at the church above Cercina. I took the route to the right, and asked a rider coming up from that direction, who said that it was only patchy snow and ice, and it was fine for riding. Good to know, and I cautiously enjoyed the descent to the Carriege area, where I turned to climb a different road back to the church above Cercina. I was pretty sure this road had a mostly southern exposure, and it was a great climb. I went back through Cercina, then took the right turn to go through Canonica de Cercina, then down the steep descent to the back roads above Carriege.
I went through Carriege, then took the turn off for the back way toward Via Bolognese, but turned off to catch Piazza Giorgini, then back to the apartment a way that has a couple of routes under the railroad tracks, with little to no traffic. Click the link for all the information, but the summary is: 2520 vertical climbing in 21.2 miles in a rolling time of 1:57 for an average of 10,8 mph at an average temperature of 47 or so. Always fun to be on the bike, and I will be doing more exploring close to home as the snow line descends. Ciao!
Ups and downs close to home - Snow line around 1200 vertical above home by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
In the distance you can see the snow line above Fiesole, which
is just to the right of the picture. The photo below is a close up of the same spot.
Looking back toward the church above Cercina with a little evidence
of the occasional icy / snowy conditions.
From the same location, you can see the snow in the shaded places.
It is quite a contrast to the bright green that still exists here.