Here’s the story of a lovely trip along two valleys and around two lakes. Iseo Lake is known to be very popular during this time of year for couples and even for weddings. The lake of Iseo has several villages that are meant to be the perfect setting for a romantic movie. OK, I won’t get too cheesy, since I travel with a friend rather than a lover, but I do think we sometimes need a bit of romance in our lives.
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.
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.
This post unlike the rest of the web-site I thought it should have remained in Italian, as it came out. This is more than a story, it is a declaration of love to my bicycle “Summer”, but also to all the bicycles in the world that have a spacial place into their owners heart and memory.
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.