They've re-paved much of the narrow mountain lane, so it's now a joy to descend as well as climb. Previously you had to hold the brakes with a death grip all the way down, lest you get a flat, slide down an embankment, or simply rattle your teeth to death. It was cloudy and cool so thermal runaway wasn't a problem- perfect day for climbing through dense forest. At the top it opens up into alpine meadows, with great views of surrounding villages apparently floating in a sea of prosecco vineyards. The descent was very long, because after you reach Combai you continue downhill several more kilometers through Miane and on toward Cison Valmarino. I was happy to reach some rolling hills again so I could warm up a little.
Next time I'm out this way I'll try Valdobbiadene to Rifugio Mareich, Pianezze to Casera Budui, then down to Combai. Should be a blast.
|Hazy view toward Revine Lago, Passo San Lorenzo |
(on right), and Monte Pizzoc in background
|Combai (400m) seen from 1200 meters|
|Guia (Valdobbiadene), with its famous prosecco vineyards|
|My neighbor Silvano has noticed me riding a lot and is determined to slow me down.|
When I got home he handed me this freshly made ciambella cake.