Attempt at Passo Giovo - rough dirt road stopped me a little short. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Climbing up the valley, the big mountains start to show themselves
in the distance.
I found this beautiful water source that two women appear to have
set up and take care of. There names are in stone plaques, and there
are flowers planted around the fountain.
I certainly climbed and climbed, and at this point I could see
the sea in the distance. What a beautiful, clear day.
Another fountain, perhaps even prettier, another couple hundred
vertical meters above the last one. The big mountains are close now,
as were my hopes for the pass.
A couple kilometers after the last water fountain, I came to this
Rifugio, where they were open and serving lunch. I declined, as
I was still planning on the pass and the loop through Abetone.
Around 200 meters past the Rifugio, the road turned to dirt, then
quite rocky dirt. The picture below is of a beautiful little hillside
town around 500 vertical meters below where I got to.
On the way back, the famous bridge of the devil. I have no
idea why it is named this. It is a popular spot for visitors,
and someone always seems to be walking on the old bridge.
A very nice little detour on the way back toward Mastiano, brings
one up a little climb of around 100 meters, with this beautiful
church above on the hill. Che bella!