After getting a little warmer, I had a climb to keep the body temperature up, then descended from Diacetto to Pontasieve where I decided to go back to Firenze on the south side of the Arno, to keep the ride a loop. I love loop rides. What a perfect, beautiful day to be out. I am so lucky to be here and have the time and ability to do this. Loving life today!
An old castle on the ridge just above where the climb to Doccia starts.
Looking back toward Molin de Piano from the climb to Doccia.
The climb from Molino de Piano to Doccia is pretty much like
the picture shows here. It is steep, 25% in places, but a perfect
surface, no traffic, and really quite beautiful with around 10
switchbacks in a row on the climb. I love this stuff!
On the pretty road between Doccia and the windmill, this is a typical
view. Here, through some olive trees to a bare winter vineyard, with a
series of ridges in the background. Che bella!
The view was so nice, I had to stop on the descent to Rufina, the town
in the valley in the picture. A combination of wind, recent precipitation,
and crystal clear skies made for incredible views. Here we have Rufina,
and in the background, fresh snow on the mountains around Croce ai Mori.