This morning, I met with Donatella, Kate's brother-in-law's Mother in law, to do a couple of hours of conversation in Italian. Donatella has a similar grasp of English as I have of Italian, and we try to speak only the language we are working on while helping the other person as necessary. We both correct grammar and idioms which are very different in the two languages. I was able to get out around 12:30, and around 2/3 the way through the ride it cooled off and clouded up and it is currently threatening rain. The prediction is for a solid couple of days of rain, so it was good to get out.
I decided on climbing Monte Morello, which almost worked well. Just below the top, the road was closed. There was a sign earlier on the climb, but normally there is room for a bicycle to get through and the workers almost always wave me on. Today, they had heavy equipment in the road and chain saws and big, cut trees in the road everywhere. I simply turned around. I went back toward Pratolino and turned off to take a little, pretty rough and steep, road down to the church above Cercina, then take my favorite option for the descent (#4) down toward Careggi, but climbed up to take the road above part of the complex, then took my new standard route around the Meyer complex, then up and over to Piazza Giorgini, then home. A very fun ride. Happy to get out before the storm. 20.7 miles in 1:48 rolling time for an average speed of 11.5 mph with 2451 vertical feet climbed at a sun effected average temperature of 50. Ciao.
Pratolino, Monte Morello (almost, road closed) Cercina, Careggi by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
This is a little bar / cafe at the start of the state forest / park on the
climb to Monte Morello. The sign says cafe and advice. I
will have to stop sometime for both.
The climb to Monte Morello - what a beautiful road.
Just before I was forced to turn around, I stopped and took these
2 pictures of the view to the east. It does not show well in the
pictures, but there is new snow on the bigger peaks in the background
of both pictures.