Back home, I spent some time reading a book I am totally into right now, then at a break I checked the skies, and they looked as good as it was going to get. No rain basically since I returned this morning, so back out for attempt number 2. I actually had a very nice ride, and linked some different routes in ways that were new to me. The temperatures were quite warm, and I did not get rained on at all, just rode in very threatening skies. I had a number of decision points where I could extend the ride or return home, and I extended on all choices but the last one. I was really enjoying my ride, and started for the extension to San Polo from Strada, but as I hit the final turn off, it started to sprinkle and the skies did not look good. I turned around and headed home at that point. The sprinkles at the last decision point were the only moisture I hit on my second attempt at a ride. I really enjoyed the ride and getting out. Fun to be here and to have the Chianti hills to ride in as my backyard. 41.6 miles in 3:02 rolling time for an average speed of 13.7 mph with 2825 vertical feet climbed at a warm average temperature of 58.
Vacciano, Impruneta, Luiano, Gabbiano, Ferrone, Strada, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A selfie of the entire team present for this morning's ride. Perhaps
everyone else was smarter, it started to rain 300 meters after I
started, and I turned around and went home.
A typical winter view in Chianti. Cloudy, vineyards are bare, but
still beautiful. Actually it is not cloudy more than 50% of the time.
At the little pass between Quattro Strade and Gabbiano, I took
these two views of the stormy skies. In person, the first looked
very threatening, but the second looked brighter. Here, they both
look stormy. At the next decision point, I decided not to extend after
starting the extension, but getting some light sprinkles.