When the grade eases up, the road starts traversing almost level for about 2 km, with some beautiful shady beech forest to cool you off. This comes to an end at a stream crossing, and you hit a kilometer of killer 13%-17% average gradient up to Krn. This was the toughest part of the climb. Above Krn the steepness lessens to a mere 9-10% average for a couple of km till end of pavement at Planina Kuhinja. From here you can hike up to the top of Monte Krn (2245 meters)- see http://www.hribi.net/izlet/planina_kuhinja_krn_/1/150/280 .
I coasted back down and after Kobarid I felt rested so I rode fast as I could back to Ponte San Quirino. This is a wonderful climb and I'll be back to try some variants soon.
|Looking back at Val Natisone from road to Ladra|
|Beautiful church at Libušnje above Soča River|
|Vrh nad Peski, 2176 meters|
|Maselnik, 1903 meters|
|View down the Soča valley toward Gorizia|
|Monte Matajur, 1385 meters|
|Monte Krn on left, 2245 meters|
|View north up Soča gorge from Ponte di Napoleone|
|View to the south|