Now the forest gives way to Monte Zogo's open grassland; shortly you reach the forcella at 1270 meters. It's a beautiful spot: mountainous forest sweeping down both sides of the narrow pass. I was surprised to see the road now heading back into the forest to the northeast, with an alternating muddy and gravel rolling road. This was a blast to ride because you could gain enough momentum on some of the downhills to get a good running start on the following uphill. The fun lasts for 3.2 km until you reach Capitel di Garda, where I had climbed from Marziai in July.
This is a better maintained road which follows the east side of the ridge above a deep, steep, forested valley. I stopped and could hear bellowing stags also here: they seemed to be having a contest down in the hollows far below. Toward the next open pasture area the road steepens as you climb to the border with Lentiai comune around 1200 meters. Finally you reach Col Artent, a beautifully landscaped WW I battlefield park. The paved descent to Lentiai is fun, then a long flattish stretch along the Piave back to Segusino. Good cool down after an exhilarating ride!
|View of Zogo from a clearing|
|From higher up, a closer view of Zogo|
|Looking down at Miles: just getting there was a tough climb|
|Looking back at Forcella di Monte Zogo|
(notch in ridge) from near Capitel di Garda
|Junction of the rolling forest road with road to Lentiai|
|View of the Piave River and surrounding mountains|
|Col Artent gravestone of soldier killed in |
November, 1918, the last month of WW I