I've been trying to practice standing more when climbing, and certainly got an opportunity this morning. Long stretches of 11-13%, with brief bits of 15% thrown in, had me standing at least half the climb.
It was warm and humid until about 600 meters, then became pleasantly cool. Around 900 meters I entered the cloud mist, and this continued to the top. I'd hate to try this on a clear hot day in July or August.
After the turn off at Castaldia, the landscape was beautiful, green meadows, beech forest, white stone outcroppings, cloaked in clouds. I came round a bend and a beautiful eagle was perched on a dead tree trunk. He heard me and took off, flapping his wings until he vanished in the mist. After a brief stretch of 13% I arrived at the high point of 1346 meters. I rested a few minutes and put on my wind jacket.
Then a fast descent down the main road through Piancavallo all the way back to Pedemonte . The road was practically deserted, though I saw a couple of bikes climbing up, and passed one guy going downhill. I wasn't pedaling, so no idea why I was going faster than him. Maybe he was clutching his brake levers all the way down.