The next morning all the surrounding cars and homes are blanketed in ash like a volcanic eruption. Normally the collective smoke from all the villages hangs in a blue pall over the region, but luckily a cold front rolled in overnight and blew all the smoke away. So it was quite clear this morning, though windy with gusts above 40 kph. I decided to take a short ride, and there is none shorter than Osservatorio Astronomico Montereale, which is only a 5 km warm up to start of climb, 5 km of climbing from 300 to 687 meters, and back home.
It was chilly so overheating wasn't a problem. The climb felt great and the view was beautiful. A little snow on the road above 650 meters but not bad. When I returned to our cortile my neighbors' visiting granddaughter called out "Buona Epifania, Bill!" Very sweet.
|The osservatorio with mountains in background|
|Mountains along the Slovenian border|
|Close up Monte Canin (2587m)|
|Beautiful snow-capped range to the northeast|
|Windblown snow-plume atop Pala d'Altei (1528m)|
|The falò at Grizzo still burning 14 hours later- the stump is all |
that remains of the center pole, a fir tree maybe 15 meters high