12:30 p.m. PT | Healdsburg, CA — I’ve got February legs in August this year, but the promise of legendary brick oven pizza at Diavola in Geyserville, CA, was enough to get me out of bed for a few dozen miles of riding out of Santa Rosa. By the time we reached Jimtown Store in Healdsburg the temperature was well into the 90s. That’s when fellow GP editor Matt Ankeny suggested we climb a bit. Better views, he said. I put on a smile and we hooked a right off Highway 128 toward Pine Flat Road, which ascends roughly 3,000 feet on a narrow, winding strip of pavement. We made it far enough to catch some sweeping views of the valley below before bombing back down — a reward as sweet as the prosciutto and funghi pizza waiting for us a few miles ahead.

Photo Info: Fuji X100S, 23mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 200

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