Pretty long ride today, but really nice. I am quite congested with a cold, but riding usually clears it up, which it did today. Last night was a little tough, as I woke around 2 am believing someone had put ready-mix concrete in my nose. Probably more than anyone wants to know, but I kind of go with whatever flow seems to be in my brain when I write these posts here. Last year when Don and Kay were here, we tried the same ride, but omitted the climb to Saltino and Vallombrosa. It is a tribute to Kay's increased fitness this year that we did the bigger ride today. It is not easy, but it is what I would call a local classic. It has it all. Great climbs, awesome descents, fabulous views, perfect twisty roads, everything. So great day today, Team Vecchio, as Don, Kay, and I used to call ourselves when I lived in Crested Butte. 107 kilometers in 4:55 with 1650 meters climbed. Great day.
Don and Kay at the beautiful old gate at Castlefranco di Sopra.
The sette ponte road, our objective for the day starts in a kilometer
or so from here. Sweet!
Here comes Donnie C.
Don completing the climb to Saltino.
The vineyards are just starting to burst with leaves. Kind of pretty.