I've been sick with a cold or flu all week, but now my fever broke, it's beautiful out and it's time to ride.
This climb starts off the road from Vittorio Veneto to Valdobbiadine. It climbs gently through a beautiful little green valley for a few kilometers, then starts the first of 18 tornanti up the forested slope. Then at tornanti 6 you reach a near vertical cliff wall at the head of the valley. The next 5 tornanti are directly on the cliff face, with the u-turn at the end of each one inside a u-shaped tunnel. It's a remarkable piece of engineering, and they manage to keep the gradient down in the 10-12% range all the way up. Marilyn has my camera in the States, but you can see a picture of the scala here:
After the pass (706 meters) I descended on the easy side to Trichiana. Here you join the main road from Belluno to Feltre- a bit too busy for my taste. At a traffic jam by Belluno I said to heck with it and headed up the road toward Nevegal. I was hoping some of these little country roads would connect to the descent to Lago Santa Croce. I climbed up past Castion, Caleipo and Sossai to 570 meters but the road eventually turned to dirt and got too steep, so I turned around. By now the traffic jam was gone so I continued down the main road. I skirted Lago Santa Croce, climbed up to 500 meters at Passo Fadalto, and descended rapidly to Vittorio Veneto.
Great ride- I'll try it in the opposite direction next time.