I rode down to Vittorio Veneto and over Passo di Fadalto to Lago di Santa Croce. After getting lost at Socher (and running across some caves and an old castle ruin) I found the paved bikeway. At the edge of town it turns to hard-packed white strada bianca, perfect for 23mm slick tires. Before long I could see the centralina (electric distribution plant) on the bridge across the Piave River about 200-300 meters ahead. But the bikeway ends suddenly, with construction of a causeway visible ahead. Fortunately there's a horse trail/footpath leading to Soverzene, which is quite muddy but would be no problem for a MTB. It also has a short tunnel, which is less than 2 meters tall, so I have no idea how horses get through. At the end you return to pavement, and a rolling ride to Longarone.
From Longarone I climbed up to Vajont dam and Passo di Sant'Osvaldo. From there almost all downhill, all the way home
|Mountain reflection on Lago di Santa Croce|
|Public fountain at Socher|
|Grotto Mole near Castello di San Giorgio ruin|
|Strada bianca bikeway by aqueduct at Socher|
|They are building this causeway on the Piave to complete|
the final few hundred meters of the pista ciclabile