Thursday, October 17, 2013

Super client tour through La Panca.

Today was one of those days you dream about.  The weather was simply perfect.  We have had rain recently and the skies were clean and crystal clear.  It started a little cool, but as the day progressed it warmed up and was just spectacular.  I had a second day out with Dave and Colorado, who called Tuesday to ask I we could do another day.  We met at the shop, and started out toward Bagno a Ripoli, but turned off to go to Ponte a Ema, then climb to Osteria Nuova on via Carota.  This is just a super route on a beautiful tiny road (see the picture below).  At Osteria Nuova we got on the main road and climbed to San Donato in Collina.

Descent time and a great descent it was to Incisa.  We stopped around 3/4 of the way down for pastries and cafe in Le Valle at a great little shop.  A couple of climbs interrupt the remainder of the descent, but we were in Figline turning off for the climb toward Passo de Sugame before you knew it.  On the climb, one of my favorites, Colorado had a flat tire.  We repaired, but for some reason we / I could not get the tire to set evenly in the rim.  I pumped it up and did it over again 4 times, Dave tried, but it just would not sit right.  It was not too bad, and after we continued the slight imperfection on her rear tire was forgotten.

We climbed through Dudda and turned off for the descent then climb to La Panca.  We stopped in La Panca and had lunch.  I had never eaten here before, but we checked out the osteria and it looked fine and the owner / chef set us up a table outside and we enjoyed a plate of pasta each.  The super fun descent toward Strada was next and everyone enjoyed.  We turned off to ride to San Polo, expanding the ride a little, the climbed up to the little pass, then descended to Capanuccia then Grassina.  Back into town via Cinque Vie, then through the centro to the shop.  Really great day with super fun clients.  52.3 miles in 4:03 rolling time for an average speed of 12.9 mph with 3885 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 70.  What an excellent day at the office!

Beautiful day, beautiful ride with clients by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details

Even if it is crooked, I really like this picture on the super nice
road from Ponte a Ema to Osteria Nuova.
Kind of a pretty day!

Colorado and Dave on the way to San Donato with Firenze in the background.

Dave and Colorado at the cafe / pastry stop in Le Valle on the way to Incisa.

We stopped for some pictures here and I really loved this shot of the countryside.  This is
between San Polo and Capanuccia on the way home.  What a spectacular day.

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