Brisk, clear Christmas morning with no cars on the road. I warmed up through Meduno and started the climb. Steep switchbacks to Borgo San Martino then the grade eases a bit, passing through forest and meadows to Forchia Meduno. A flat-to-easy gradient through Spruce forest to Forchia Piccola, then constant 10% for the next 3km. From end of the dirt road (997m) you can see the sun reflecting off the Adriatic Sea to the south, and snowy peaks to the west and north. Quite windy up here, but the bright sun makes it seem warm. Just being up here is the best gift one could ever receive.
|Monte Cavallo (2250m) and mountains to the west|
|Monte Raut (2025m) to northwest|
|Looking north at Monte Rest (1780m)|
|North-northeast Monte Valcalda (1908m)|
|To northeast, Monte Verzegnis (1914m) and Monte Piombada (1744m)|