Tuesday is errand day for me, as Emily babysits all day, and I try to do some good things at home. I did a quick trip to the COOP, our grocery store, then the butcher, and the bike shop. The bike shop has a 50% off sale, and I wanted an option for rain and warmth other than my beloved Gore-tex shell. I found one that appears will work well, and easily packs into a rear jersey pocket, which was another requirement. After returning, I gave a weekly clean up a couple of hours, and then was off for a ride. I pick up Viola after school on Tuesdays, so I only had a couple of hours. It did not matter as I am planning on a test ride of the Saturday gran fondo long course tomorrow and wanted to go small today.
I left by way of the Viales, then climbed past Piazzale Michaelangelo, then rode to Poggio Imperiale. From there, I descended to Galluzzo, then started toward Pozzolatico, but turned off on the back road to Cinque Vie, which is a very nice little used, relatively flat road that takes you almost to the base of the climb I wanted. I climbed up to San Gersole through Vacciano, then continued climbing through Monte Oriolo and turned off to descend through Baruffi to just North of Tavernuzze. From Tavernuzze, I took the main road back to the Viales and enjoyed the cruise past Piazzale Michaelangelo and returned home. The summary is: 23.4 miles in 1:42 rolling time for an average speed of 13.8 mph with 1600 vertical feet climbed at a wonderful average temperature of 56. Ciao.
I have ridden by this church many times, but never really noticed. Today,
the light and color caught my eye and I loved it.
Below is the road below on the climb through Vacciano.