After a couple more tunnels I arrived at Lake Barcis, another beautiful blue-green lake surrounded by mountains. Here's another great side trip- left across the bridge to the climb to Piancavallo via Val Caltea. Continuing through the village of Barcis, I passed a little suspension bridge on the left which leads to another short but pretty climb- Val Pentina. The main road continues along the white water of Torrente Cellina, where today I saw two lovely dark gray herons fishing in the river. A bit farther I passed a turnoff to the left for Val Prescudin (see picture below). I haven't ridden this yet, but I saw a TeleFriuli program called Sentiera Natura, where some Corpo Forestale guys drove up to end of pavement and hiked up Monte Medol- really beautiful. I'll try to ride it this summer. After Contron the new suspension bridge appears to be almost completed- this may lead to another good hike or MTB ride (I'll check it out).
A little further on I reached the turnoff for Claut, a nice village with some interesting hikes nearby. Continuing on the main road, I ascended the piney slope of Pinedo to Cimolais. Now the actual climb begins- a few kilometers and I was surrounded by deep snow and fir trees at 827 meters. You can proceed over the pass to Erto and Vajont Dam (where a tremendous landslide in 1963 caused a tsunami which wiped out the town of Longarone) and continue down to the Piave River. Instead, I turned around and rode home fast as possible. At Malnisio another carnevale parade was getting started, with a giant Shrek head float- quite frightening.
|The side road up Val Prescudin|
|Monte Messer (2230 m) up Val Prescudin|
|New suspension bridge over Torrente Cellina above Contron|
|Snow along road at Passo di Sant'Osvaldo|