Here I donned a pair of Bike Skins cleat covers to see if they would work for bike-hikes. The gravel is quite deep and washed out with channels, etc. I pushed my bike up to a big open switchback at 807 meters. The Bike Skins worked well but this deep gravel requires hiking boots, I think. I will try driving next time to start of climb, and then hike with boots up to Canal di Cuna. More info on the hike here http://www.cuna.it/.
The descent was slow due to bad pavement. Afterwards I sped up a bit and enjoyed the scenery. At Tramonti di Mezzo there was a small forest fire where I'd ridden through earlier. After escaping the smoke I enjoyed descending the saliscendi to Lago Tramonti, but the winds picked up (white caps on the lake!) and the controvento opposed my progress all the way home. Very tiring, but good resistance training.
|Torrente Chiarchia with valley, mountains in background|
|Torrente Chiavalara tumbling over the boulders|
|Panorama to west showing valleys of Chiarchia and Meduna,|
mountains in background
|Monte Caserine Alta (2306m), Monte Frascola (1961m)|
|Cuesta Spioleit (1687m) to north|
|Sign pointing to a spring with best water I've ever tasted|