Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cortina Via Lunga delle Dolomiti

Left the house on my bike at 6AM and headed up Valcellina, over Passo San Osvaldo to Longarone, and up the Piave River to Perarolo.  Here I climbed the Cavallera Road to Pieve di Cadore and joined Via Lunga delle Dolomiti toward Cortina.  This is a wonderful bikeway constructed on the abandoned railway to Cortina.  No big trucks or buses, no speeding cars to dodge.  And the scenery is natural- forest and meadows, whitewater and mountains.  Really a great bike route.  Just after Dogana Vecchia, the old border with Austria, the road turned to dirt and was snowed over.  I thought about continuing on the busy main road but no,  I'll ride that stub when I go from Cortina to Dobbiaco, the upper stretch of the Via Lunga.  Awesome ride.

Caralta, where I mistakenly turned on last month's attempt

Beautiful wide pavement, easy gradient of Cavallera Road,
part of 2013 Giro d'Italia stage from Tolmezzo  to Vajont dam

535 meter long steel span of Ponte di Cadore

Much work and money spent to improve the bikeway;
here a wooden-deck steel bridge crosses a torrente

Monte Pelmo



Snow covered Via Lunga near Dogana Vecchia

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