When I left the museum, the sun was actually trying to come out, and the roads were drying up! On the way home, I had a cafe at Cafe Liberta, a great place very close, and asked about another of my New Year's resolutions. I am newly determined to find a good, reasonably priced Cosmopolitan in Firenze. Cafe Liberta does make them and they cost 6 euro, which is very reasonably priced. I will return another time with Emily to try them out. I even communicated the question and understood the answer in Italian. Yeah! After cafe, I suited up for a ride, and went out Via Faentina to Pian de Mugnone then climbed to Fiesole. I really enjoyed this route the last time I did it, and wanted to do it again. From Fiesole, up the main road to the crossroads just below the pass, then over to Bivigliano.
From Bivigliano, I went down, then up to Casellina, with more traffic on the road than normal. A portion of the road to Bivigliano has washed away, so the traffic is re-routed there. From Casellina, down to Pratolino, then over on the cut off toward Monte Morello, but then left and down Via Bolognese to the Cercina cut off. Down, then up this road and then descending on option #1 to the new normal route around Careggi and home. Really nice to see the sun again. 27.7 miles in 2:10 rolling time for an average speed of 12.8 mph with 2641 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 55. Sweet!
Pian de Mugnone, Fiesole, Bivigliano, Pratolino, Cercina, Careggi, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The sun was really out on the mellow climb above Fiesole toward Croce alle Vetta.
On the way over to Bivigliano from Croce alle Vetta.
I stopped to put on my shell, as it was mostly downhill from here, and
saw this view and thought the incredible green and sky made it
worth a photo. From the descent to Viliano from Bivigliano.