Today was absolutely gorgeous- no haze and not even a cloud over the mountains. That is rare here. But I couldn't ride this morning because I had some repairs around the house I promised to make. Afterwards though I hit the road.
I had to be home in 3 hours to feed the dogs, so I decided to ride up through the tunnel to Barcis, then around to the back of the lake and head up the road to Piancavallo (Col Alto actually).
The climb was beautiful- the gorge is covered in trees still full of green leaves and needles. The sound of the torrente was very soothing. A small deer ran across in front of me and down the slope. The grade wasn't too bad, constantly varying between 7-13%, with elevation gain of 990 meters.
At Piancavallo I headed up to Col Alto, which has a beautiful alpine road down to Caldastia. The views through the clear air were lovely, all the way to Slovenia. At Caldastia I joined the main road, descending for miles on smooth pavement, exhilarating tornanti.
The remaining kilometers up the Via Pedemontane to home revealeded how tired my legs and back were. I think they're still sore from Pian dei Grassi on Sunday. But I still made it home in under 3 hours, so can't complain.