This is a remote road in forest, with some steep sections concreted. Eventually you reach a little house where you ride through the folks' front yard (marked Private Property) but they didn't mind, they were busy trying to herd their pugs, chihuahuas, and mixed breed cagnetti which were running everywhere. Afterward at the junction you turn right toward Malga Pizzoc, and shortly after that Malga Brusada.
The road continues winding upward, sometimes concreted, to Malga Fossa di Sarone. Here is beautiful open pastureland surrounded at a distance by forested mountains. Higher still are Malga Folador, Casera Costa Cervera, and Casera Busa Bernart. Eventually you leave this zone of dairies and cheese makers and arrive on the forested ridge. About this time the cool clear weather turned into clouds and fog- quite chilly. The road deteriorates into a stony, washed out forest road. Before long you reach Col delle Palse where the paved road from Mezzomonte arrives.
After the brief concrete and asphalt section near Col Grande (I had road biked it last week http://dolomiti-friulane.blogspot.it/2014/08/col-grande.html ) the road again turned bad. There was a friendly group of horses walking alongside the road but they wisely used the only decent path, so I hopped off and churned through the rock pile awhile. Eventually you reach Casera Valle Friz at 1520 meters and continue roughly until reaching the concrete road down to Casera Campo and Sauc. The brief paved climb to Piancavallo was followed by a plummet down to Rifugio Bornass. Somewhere before Madonna della Monte the sun came back out and it warmed up. I was very tired and glad to get home.
|View of area west of Polcenigo: Palu di Livenza|
|Little valley between morainic hills and the mountains:|
a characteristic of the Pedemontane
|Horses feeding in pastures at Malga Brusada|
|Beautiful Malga Fossa di Sarone|
|Malga Fossa di Sarone dairy and pond|
|West of Col delle Palse; the channels dug into these steep slopes |
let loggers slide tree trunks down to the valley
|Further downhill, the road coming up from Cultura to Mezzomonte|
|Some of the very sweet horses foraging along the road near Col Grande.|
I will remember to bring them an apple or carrot next time.