After riding up Val Cellina and over Passo San Osvaldo I turned right at Erto and climbed up to 1000 meters. The road continues north less steeply until pavement ends. After a while pavement returns for a stack of switchbacks up to Rifugio Casera Mela. Decision time: I intended to continue up to Rifugio Cava Buscada around 1800 meters. But the trail seemed too sun exposed for such a hot day, and I was already sweating profusely and panting. The other trail passes through shady forest. I took the shady trail along the rim of Val Zemola gorge and on toward Rifugio Maniago. Good choice: it was absolutely gorgeous. The trail is a dirt road with a few concrete sections. There are also three guadi (fords) to ride through and cool off a little. At 1525 meters I reached end of the road, where a hiking trail continues to Rifugio Maniago at 1725 meters. I'll have to come back and hike that another day. And Cava Buscada I'll try hiking in autumn before it snows.
A great area to ride through that feels completely wild.
|Steep-walled Val Zemola; the torrent descends very rapidly: later |
you cross it at ground level, despite ascending to 1300 meters
|Dirt road heading toward Monte Duranno (2668m)|
|Cima Fortezza (2101m)|
|Forest at end of the road|
|Close up Monte Duranno|