Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lago di Santa Croce

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:

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