This begins the worst part of the climb, very narrow, slopes hitting 18%, crossed by slippery metal drainage channels and piles of wet leaves. Made it part way up but almost fell when rear wheel spun around on a channel, so got off and walked for a couple of hundred meters. At the top things get better and soon you reach Cuel di Forchia at 950 meters. Beautiful views of Cima Pala (950 meters), which I will try to reach on MTB from Monte Prat this summer. I was surprised 4 foreign (English?) road bikers went by in the opposite direction. Maybe word is getting out about Friuli cycling.
Other than a herd of cows with bells in the road above Monte Prat the descent was uneventful, though fun as always. Good ride home until around Sequals, where I ran out of gas. Didn't bonk, just worn out. So I took it easy the rest of the way and arrived back in Giais, where it was drizzling as usual. Fun ride with many new roads to explore nearby.
|Crucifix at 750 meters|
|Very pretty rustic house near the crucifix|
|Cima Pala (900 meters)- will try to get up there with MTB|