It was cold this morning, around 28, so I had a big breakfast, and took my time getting ready, leaving around 11, and the temps had warmed up to around 40. Still cold, but with the sun, it actually felt good. Also, my ride in Chianti involved lots of ups and downs none of which were really long, so that worked for keeping my body temp pretty warm. Also, I am getting better at dressing right for these temperatures. Yesterday, I started out with way too much clothing, so today I took it a little lighter. Basically a great ride in parts of Chianti that I really love. Nice stop in San Polo for a cafe and sfolia con crema, which was my fuel for the ride. Mostly sunny and a great ride. 51.2 km in 2:13 for an average of 23.0 kph with 775 meters climbed. Forecast is for a week of sun with gradually warming temperatures with a high of around 60 by Thursday. We shall see, but it would certainly make me happy. Ciao a tutti!
The road to San Polo from Strada, a very gentle climb that I love.
I had a little break on the way up today and took this picture.
Usually, I am pushing the pace up here and almost never stop for a picture.
The stream on the way to San Polo from Strada was beautiful,
and definitely rolling. Sometimes in summer it is little more than
a trickle. Beautiful today.
Winter vines looking toward Grassina.
A shot of the vineyards between Capanuccia and Antella on a winter's day.