At first you're riding in the woods encircling Monte Spia. You can see the new dam on the Cellina at Ravedis and the steep river gorge to your right- more about this in a moment. Then the road starts on long switchbacks along the side of Pala d'Altei, completely exposed to sun on the south. I got behind a slow tractor doing logging but he pulled over to let me pass when the road widened a bit- very kind of him. Then a brief downhill, followed by a climb back into the woods, through Val de la Roja, and finally end of pavement, after 5 km of climbing, at the astronomical observatory (670 meters).
Beautiful descent- I tried to ride the dirt road which skirts around to the north to an overlook above the Cellina gorge, but after half a kilometer the road became too steep and rough for skinny road bike tires. Maybe I will take the dogs for a walk up there tomorrow. Should be a lovely view.
|Frozen water trough|
|Catkins on hornbeam tree. These are among the earliest flowers of Spring|
|Dirt road to overlook of Valcellina|
|Pala d'Altei, 1528 meters, from Montereale|
|Pala d'Altei from our house (further southwest)|
|The climb from above|
|The grade, note 14% stretches|