Wonderful sunny winter ride. There were hundreds of cyclists on the road today, finally free of hiding from the rain and snow. There were 5 or 6 bike teams, with Direttore Sportivo following in the team car, two very large groups of 40 or 50 riders (maybe town bike clubs?), numerous smaller groups of 5-20 riders, and lots of couples and families on city bikes enjoying the weather. Very nice having some company on the road in winter for a change!
I rode on Via Pedemontane Occidentale to Cordignano, then continued to Vittorio Veneto, a lovely old city with centro storico, stone-paved streets, and many pretty buildings. From there I headed up the hill to Lago di Santa Croce. It's a natural glacial lake, whose smooth surface reflects the surrounding snow-covered peaks and blue skies. It's a beautiful sight. I cruised around the lake and then headed down toward Vittorio Veneto. I took the back way home through Polcenigo, Santa Lucia, Budoia, Aviano, and Marsure. At Aviano all the streets were blocked for Carnevale parade, so I zigzagged around the back streets till I found a way through.
This photograph and others are displayed at
Also a bella panorama of the lago jn summer can be found here: