Another turnoff I've passed many times but never ridden. I warmed up climbing from Tramonti di Sopra to Passo di Monte Rest (7.5 km averaging 7.5%). At the turnoff onto the gravel road, a young fellow was using a crane to stack logs on his truck. He asked if I was doing a giro (loop) and tried to help by warning that the road was blocked ahead, but I said I'd just turn around when I reached the barricade. The road quickly gets steep switchbacking and then climbing along the ridgeside to 1415 meters (4.6 km averaging 8.9%). I carried my bike over an obstacle as the man had mentioned, a small avalanche across the road. Other than that the only delay a was fallen tree whose big limbs had to be crossed carrying the bike, but no problem. Maybe further along something bigger like a landslide was blocking the way?
Anyway above 1400 meters the slight drizzle got a little harder and the road confusingly began descending with switchbacks. I needed to look at the map but wasn't going to get it soaking wet, plus my turnaround deadline was nigh (Marilyn needed a ride to the store), so I turned back. I'll try this again next Spring. Pictures I've seen of the view from Monte Costa di Paladin (1700 meters) are pretty dazzling.
|Turn left on this road after crossing Passo di Monte Rest|
|Fiume Tagliamento; in background Monte Bivera (2474 meters)|