Today instead I headed back up the climb to Castellaccio. A castle tower was visible in the distance, I saw a side road, I thought I'd explore. Alas the narrow lane deteriorated, then became dirt, then steeply-descending rough gravel, small boulders. Being stubborn I kept going. Plus a guy (even older than me!) was climbing this on his MTB in the opposite direction. Anyway, I avoided crashing and finally arrived at rough pavement. At a T-intersection I went steeply down to the right and ended up in La Vedetta and then my goal: Santuario di Montenero. Nice church here. Then I continued down Viale del Tirreno, which has some gorgeous long, looping switchbacks suitable for fleets of tour buses bringing pilgrims to the santuario. I followed the same route through busy Livorno and made it home unscathed.
Note: I have no GPS track because my Garmin battery died yesterday. Inexplicably, I have a USB charger at home but opted not to bring it. Also I've omitted a blog entry for yesterday's ride on Via Popogna. It's a nice climb but joins the same road (Via del Valle Benedetta) I already wrote about, so seemed redundant. Also I lost my iPhone on the gravel road home (Via dell'Uliveta) but a very kind Italian jogger had found it and helped me beyond the call of duty to recover it. Such a kind person! VV Italia!
|Sea oats (?) along the mountain road|
|SS-1 (AKA California Highway 1)|
|Ventana Highway in the sunshine|
|Santuario di Montenero|
|Il Papa visited here, I'm guessing|
|These are tombs I believe|
|View from terrazzo of Livorno and the sea|