Thursday, January 12, 2012

Passo Sant'Osvaldo

Frigid and crystal clear morning.  Rode up through Montereale Valcellina and the tunnels to Lago di Barcis.  The lake was surprisingly full compared to others I've seen lately.  Fiume Cellina also had a decent flow- not sure how because it's been very dry this fall/winter.

I headed up the gorge and was quite cold, despite the mostly upgrade route.  In shady areas there were several frozen waterfalls on the sheer rock walls.  After Cimolais I commenced the actual climb from 660m to 850m in 2.5km.  There was even a dusting of snow on the forest floor up here, but much less than normal.  Let's blame the jet stream.

On the descent I rode as fast as I could to generate heat.  Only thing that froze was my right foot, despite windstopper shoe covers.  Maybe I need ski socks.  The tunnels actually feel warmer than the ambient air this time of year, so they're a welcome relief.  Fun ride despite the chill.  

Condensing water vapor rising from the Cellina settles on
bare tree limbs and freezes into crystal candelabra shapes 

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