The lake narrows and you cross Torrente Mis then begin cycling for miles in a spectacular gorge. Numerous rapids and waterfalls interrupt the silence. You're gradually gaining altitude, almost without knowing it. Then around 500 or 600 meters the gradient picks up a bit, climbing at 8-10% up to Tiser at 950 meters where you join the road to Don di Gosaldo. Because of the August traffic jams (especially on Sunday) I opted out of crossing Passo Cereda and descending to Fiera di Primiero. Instead I turned northeast and crossed Forcella Aurine (1299m) above Agordo. Great views up here of Pale di San Martino (2982m), which was engulfed in clouds when I circled it last summer.
I got a bit lost at this point, despite printing out a map last night. The signs were using different names than the map, so I erred on the side of caution and kept searching, till I found myself at Agordo (600m). The places on the map were nowhere to be seen so I resolved to return to Ponte Mas through the busy tunnels of the main road. Luckily as I was leaving Agordo I saw a sign for Valle del Mis. It took a bit of climbing to regain altitude to Tiser, but the gradient wasn't bad.
The descent was fun, though the the road was now getting crowded (1030). I don't want to think about what it's like this afternoon. But not all the traffic is cars and motorcycles: lots of cyclists were on the roads as well. I will ride this again soon and find the hidden road above Agordo.
|La Certosa di Vedana monastery|
|Dawn Lago del Mis|
|Close up sun-lit peaks in the distance|
|Torrente Falcina inlet|
|Looking back down Torrente Mis|
|Close up of peaks to south|
|Even closer up|
|Gorge narrows to 3 or 4 meters; waterfall on left after the narrows|
|Another view of the mountains above the gorge|
|Mountains to south toward Feltre; highest peak Piz di Sagron (2486m)|
|One small portion of the massive Pale di San Martino|
|Close up Pale di San Martino towers|
|Pale di San Martino peaks|
|More of the Pale|
|A close up|