After La Crosetta you descend briefly and then turn left toward Monte Pizzoc. They've paved this road recently so it's very smooth. The high beech forest is even more spectacular, with tall, thick trees and mossy karst-stone understory. Around 1400 meters the forest gives way to alpine meadows. Now big thunderheads were forming overhead, but still with beautiful clear views across the plain to the Adriatic coast curving from Istria to Venice. Quite cold up here- everyone was wearing parkas with hoods.
I descended rapidly to Sarone then it rained until I reached Polcenigo. It actually felt pretty good, maybe because I was still euphoric. My wet clothes dried out on the remaining ride home, keeping me from overheating. Great ride!
|Gorgeous alpine meadows|
|The plains below stretching east, Adriatico in background|
|Grassy meadows of Piancansiglio, backed by Monte Cavallo group|
|Prosecco valley stretching west from Lago Revine toward Valdobbiadene|
|Vittorio Veneto, the prosecco zone, Il Montello, |
Venice laguna in background
|Thunderheads getting bigger, time to descend|