Anyway, I wanted a pretty long ride after a day off yesterday, and it is a very nice area to ride, so it was mostly fun, with a little scouting thrown in. From Certaldo, there is a challenging climb to Fiano, then more climbing along a ridge, with some descending to Montespertoli. From Montespertoli, back to Firenze through Montagnana, Cerbia, Chiesanuova, and Scandicci. Good ride. My first day of the year with aggressive hydrating as a priority. I drank lots, stopped at almost every fountain, dousing my head and drinking and filling the water bottle. It worked, and I felt pretty good upon my return. I remember from the last few summers that more than 4 hours out when it is this hot is mostly to be avoided.
SR2 to Barberino, then Certaldo, Fiano, Montespertoli, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Beautiful scenery and blue skies, but a little hot with an
average temperature of 92 and a high of 104. I even
started at 9, but the temperatures include the effect of the sun.
Beautiful road on a sizzling hot day, descending to Certaldo.
This small chapel between Barberino and Certaldo
has a dome that is an 1/8 scale replica of the Duomo
dome in Florence. It is really out in the middle of nowhere.