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.
A weekend to remember, while in Milan it was running Milanese Randonee for 120km on the average route, which I would have thought it was too much for myself. I learned once again how having a comfortable bike (like mine!), saving little energies on the way and looking beyond the horizon may be worth more than the strength you think you have or the training you have achieved.
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.