This was my first Sella Ronda bike day, which was instead at its 15th edition. From 8.30 in the morning until 3.30 pm the circuit was barred to traffic, only cyclists could go through and enjoy the Sella circuit without suffering the smelly exhaust gases and the constant sound of car engines. I love bicycle days!
Garfagnana came up from a sort of willingness of freedom, with restricted options due to the covid-19 regulations, with many of the accommodation facilities still closed, finding a way to travel in a group, together and in safety was not easy. Nothing that scares Ciclozenith, in fact, also this time the group had planned in detail and at 7 am on Saturday morning we left for Castelnuovo ne’ Monti.
About 3 weeks ago the new “Ciclovia del Sole” it has been opened between Osteria Nuova and Mirandola on the Bologna – Verona line. A perfect opportunity to go out and try the new connection which, with some detours, allowed us to take a 3-day tour on cycle paths for 80% of the Bologna-Bologna trip.
Its full name as the sign mentions is Monte Acuto delle Alpi, 910 meters above sea level, at the end of a road that leads to a church and then ends up leaving space only for walking-paths. A dead-end destination, but in our case a goal to be achieved in one day.
The spectacular cycling tour to this almost hidden landmark known as Chianti, was reason enough to visit Tuscany. The panoramic roads that wind throughout the hills of Chianti and Elsa valley hold many surprises. I came back with a new awareness, I must arrange another trip and choose other paths, because in this region there is so much to see, so much to discover.
How long does it take us to reach the sea, well it depends on where we leave from! I wanted to do a coast-to-coast trip but the time was short and the desire to arrive a lot. From Piacenza to the Sea, through the Trebbia Valley, Scoglina pass, Forcella pass and then between the jagged coasts of Levante’s Liguria.
I think we really need to reconnect with nature more often, we can feel so happy and laid-back. We often forget to feed our soul, convinced that it is enough to “do” to be happy. Travel, nature, fire, rain, being part of a balance that we cannot control, but which allows us to feel part of something, fills our voids, reminds us of the power we can only find in nature.
I thought a lot about the words of this article, I tried to understand if it has been because of the good vibes or because of the place or maybe because of the bonfires, but I still can’t explain what has been and how to describe it. It lasted only 24 hours, but it was unforgettable.