We did one of my favorite tours with a little add on. We started out the back way to San Domenico, then over through Maiano to the Vincigliata climb. We rode quickly up this climb, which is really the hardest of the day. No stops for pictures, as he said he really just wanted to ride. We continued up to Vetta la Croce, then over to Bivigliano where we did stop for a water break. We hit the super fun descent to Vaglia and stopped at a bar there for cafe espresso and pastries. I had stopped here one previous time and it was quite good. From there we rode to Scarperia, then San Agata and Galliano. I was planning on Bosco ai Frati, but we would have been back too early, so we decided to extend the ride by going around lago de Bilancino. From there over to the climb up via Faentina to Vetta la Croce, then the descent back to town.
We were still a little early for the bike return, so we stopped at a new favorite spot in Piazza Liberta for a cheeseburger and a beer. Really nice guy, strong athlete, and a great day. 104.0 kilometers in 4:23 with 1565 meters of climbing. Thanks for Riding with Cosimo, Joe!
Here is Joe at the water / view stop in Bivigliano.
Joe and I in the shop after the ride.
I know the blog is about cycling, but here are a couple of personal
photos at my granddaughter's piano recital yesterday. She was so
happy and composed that it was one of those special experiences
that I will treasure for years. She even dedicated her first song
to Nini and Nonno Pidge. So happy to have the opportunity
to experience the grandchildren growing up.