As you climb you pass several side climbs, Pielungo-Orton, Val d'Arzino-Monte Prat, and Sella Chiampon-Monte Rest. I noticed the turn-off for Val Preone has been reopened, so they must have cleared the landslides on the way to Selle Chiampon.
The road eventually turns away from Val d'Arzino, starting a series of long 9-10% tornanti snaking up the snowy beech-covered slope. Finally the forest opens into wide snow-covered meadows, flanked by mountains on both sides. I turned around at this point, where the road heads downward toward Tolmezzo. When I left home this morning I thought I'd continue onward, but I was already beat and chose to take the shorter way back. The ride home seemed very long.
|View of Forgaria (town halfway up Monte Prat), |
with snowy east peak of Monte Cuar in background
|Lovely waterfall on roadside stream|
|Bucaneve (snowdrops) along the road|
|Fiume Arzino's very narrow gorge|
| Fiume Arzino sunlit turquoise water|
|Monte Flagjel 1467 m, east of river valley|
|Snowy meadows, Monte Arvenis to north|
|Monte Piombada 1744 m looking east|
|Monte Verzegnis 1914 m looking west|
|MonteValcalda 1908 m and Monte Rest 1780 m |
|Grade from Pinzano to Sella Chianzutan|