I had studied maps, and took one with me, but the scales were quite disparate, so I really did not know how far things were. I found the roads easily, and although the road toward Castelnuovo di Garfagnano was way bigger and busier than I thought, most of the riding was excellent. I got on the road to Abetone pretty quickly, but there was a road closure, and I had to end up on the busy road a little more. A few retracings, and I was on the road to Abetone. It is a very gradual climb to La Lima, up a beautiful valley, and not too much traffic. After La Lima, with a few exceptions, the road gets a little more serious. A long climb to Abetone is nice though, and for me, being in real mountains is wonderful.
There are a number of excellent fountains on the way, and I enjoyed cooling off and drinking at most of them. A turn around at the top, for the reasons mentioned above, then a long, fun descent back home. I spotted a few roads I will be exploring in the days to come, and now have a basis for the coming explorations. Nice to be here and in the quiet country for a couple of weeks. We have a very nice redone barn as a house to use, and it is small but quite nice. It will work well. As always, lucky to be here and able to do what I am passionate about. Ciao.
Day 1 in San Quirico di Moriano - Abetone and back by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Crossing the river to the road that was closed below, I really
liked this old bridge.
Great fountain, excellent water, and real mountains in the background.
I love riding up high here.
Dueling pyramids at the top of the pass in Abetone. I know there
is a story about this, but I don't remember what it is. I am pretty
sure Lorenzo told me it on the Firenze / Modena ride a year plus ago.
I did the selfie in Abetone for the team Facebook page. I hope
I am getting better at them.