Back to the Dolomites
29.06.2015 - 30.06.2015
Monday morning we left Riva - reluctantly, this is one of our favourite places from our trip in 2013. However back to the Dolomites is very appealing.
We rode through the Val di Cembra which is a very nice ride, up into the hills.
The Manghen Pass is fantastic so we decided to do it both ways, up and over and back again - why not ???
It starts with nice long sweeping bends, getting tighter as you get to the top, and then suddenly there it is !
Lots of other bikers coming and going so we stopped for lunch and watched, it was a lovely sunny day (on this side at least)
Nougat posing - again !!!
Over the other side was another story, low cloud and lots of cows grazing.
One was quite happy sitting on the side of the road just "people watching"
We arrived at Canazei and found out it is larger and much prettier than expected, it just looked like a tiny dot on the map, a convenient place to stay in the Dolomites.
Our Hotel -
Aitch and Jo called in for a drink with us before going back to Corvara where they are staying.
Amazing to think we live about the same distance from each other in Australia and here we are catching up in Italy!
Today was ride day, just a nice loop of Passes with big rocks surrounding us !!
First stop was Pso. Fedia - overshadowed by the Marmolada mountain.
Today the lake put on quite a show for us - stunning reflections!!
The wildflowers are out in full bloom now and with the Marmolada in the background makes a perfect post card photo.
Moving on through Agordo and over the Pso. Forecella Aurine (1299m), we stopped at the Pso di Cereda (1369m) for a coffee and watch the bikes go by again, and the resident chooks fighting over their turf. I am guessing eggs are on the menu here !!
Refreshed with caffeine we rode over the San Martino di Castrozza - a very pretty ride through long sweeping bends with great views.
We were going to stop at Pso Rolle (1970m) for lunch but changed our minds.
Moving on to the Pso di Valles (2033m) we finally stopped for lunch.
Another great place to sit and watch the bikes and cars go by.
And of course take a couple more photos.
Our little poser on top of the world -
Over the San Pellegrino Pass (1918m) which is another really nice pass to ride and back into Canazei for the night. Overall it was a great day on the bikes just winding our way around in a big loop enjoying ourselves immensely.
Canazei has a very fascinating Cuckoo clock on the front of a building, on the hour the cuckoo comes out, chirps away and goes back in, then out come the Tirolean dancers to entertain us. It has quite a following, lots of people sit in the town square and wait for them. Only in Italy !
And some rather interesting buildings -
I am not sure what this one was all about but it was very different.
Tomorrow is another day on the road.