-Alla strada sterrata da Piancavallo al Cansiglio
-Ah, per questo hai comprato la bici di montagna?
- (sheepishly) Sì
My neighbor Nerina always can read my mind. Maybe because she has two sons about my age.
I set off down to Costa and rode up the back way to Rifugio Bornass, then continued on the main road to Castaldia. Normally from there I take the Col Alto road, but today I stayed on the main highway. It's actually very nice when traffic is sparse like this morning, immersed in green forest all the way up to Piancavallo.
At Piancavallo I headed southwest toward Sauc, Casera Campo, and finally on the dirt/gravel to Casera Valle Friz. This is a beautiful little pastoral zone at 1515 meters. A sign said they raise organic sheep and goats. From here the gravel road continues to Col della Palse, where I ascended from Mezzomonte a few weeks ago. The forest gets thicker here, with beautiful fir trees. A charming little farmhouse at Casera Costa Cervera was covered in bright flowers, with a small herd of very clean, healthy-looking cows basking in the sun, chewing cud.
The road continues southwestward, generally descending but with some saliscendi as well, past more rural eateries: Malga Folador, Malga Brusada, Malga Pizzoc and finally Malga Coda di Bosco. At this last you join the main road down to Sarone, then home.
The mountain bike worked great- about the only minor complaint I have is the soft seat, but I have a spare I can install. It's the perfect bike for these mountain dirt roads, so I'll be trying to explore more of them in future. This ride today was fantastic and I can't wait to return.
|Casera Valle Friz|
|View of the forest above Mezzomonte|
|Steep slopes loggers used to slide trees down to Coltura|
|Toward the malghe above Caneva and Sarone|
|A primitive rock wall to keep livestock from wandering away|
|Contented cows at Casera Costa Cervera|