At the top of the Vincigliata climb, we turned to descend to Compiobbi, then stopped there for a cafe and pastry. I had never stopped there before, but had seen lots of people at the cafe, and it was quite good. We then rode up to the turn for Monteloro at Le Falle, climbed past Monteloro to the Fiesole road the up toward Vetta alle Croce. I gave Joao the option for a return there, but he was happy to extend the ride. I told him we would still be home easily within his time limit, but probably not the half hour before that he wanted to shoot for. We rode over to Bivigliano, then down to Viliano, up through Casellina to the road to Pratolino. We cut off in Pratolino to go toward Monte Morello, then went down and back to Via Bolognese. We took this descent to the turn for Cercina, and enjoyed the descending and climbing to the little town. We took option #2 for the descent, and ended up above Careggi.
I checked again on timing and he wanted to do the detour that kept us away from the main roads, so we skirted the Careggi area and added 50 meters or so of climbing. We returned through Piazza Giorgina to Viale Venti Settembre and were back home. Really quite a nice ride with lots of climbing. Joao told me about the area he lived in in Portugal and invited me to come there to ride sometime, as it could be quite nice in January. We shall see. For now, here is the garmin link for today's ride:
Vincigliata, Compiobbi, Monteloro, Bivigliano, Pratolino, Cercina, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Joao with the Arno valley in the background at the start
of the real descent to Compiobbi.
Joao with the DeRosa above Monteloro.
Action shot on the road to Cercina.
Another action shot on the way to Cercina.