The road follows the ridge eastward, with great views of mountains to the north. It's an interesting saliscendi, around every curve lies another unexpected climb or descent. At Stella (647m) you head down a curvy road, averaging -9.6% for the next 4 km. The front tire flatted but I found a nice sunny spot to change it. It was almost a welcome break.
The end of descent is Tarcento, a pretty town with hundreds of people out enjoying the sunny day. From here back through Buja, etc. The weather was so nice there were people sunbathing down on the sand bars in the Tagliamento River (in long sleeves and pants).
|Looking northeast toward the Julian Alps|
|Monte Musi (1878m)|
|Monte Chiampon (1709m)|
|0.5 km stretch average 16%|
|Gradients approaching 20%|