Monday, September 30, 2013

Short ride to the North for my last day with Todd and Melisa

Rain / Showers were predicted for today and it happened.  Todd and Melisa were returning from a spot in the country outside of Florence for a last day here and a last ride together.  With the weather forecast, they did not hurry their return, but we still got in a nice last ride here.  They were back in town around 12:00 and we met between their hotel and my apartment by 12:45 and were at the apartment getting the bikes together by 1:15.  Since it was sprinkling, there was no hurry, but we started regardless of the weather.  It was not raining hard.  The sprinkles stayed with us pretty much all the way up Via Bolognese to the turn off at San Bartolo.  Melisa was justifiably nervous about the wet pavement on the steep and tiny roads, so we took it slow.

I took them on one of my favorite short rides, and it was great.  The rain stopped as we turned off on the tiny road and we enjoyed the ride down / up through Cercina to the church above the town marking the top of our climbing.  We descended option #3, as it has only one really steep spot and it is pretty straight.  We took it slow and everyone was happy with the descent.  We turned off to take the back way into the Careggi area, then took the little roads below Careggi almost back.  It was a great ride, and we finished with sunshine.  Good riding guys and thanks for the business.  Ciao.

Cercina on my last day with Todd and Melisa by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details

Todd and Melisa riding through the tiny town of Cercina.

At the beautiful church at the top of the climb above Cercina.

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