Next I headed toward Lig. For some reason I thought this was only partially paved, but it's a gorgeous well-paved road. From Lig I continued on the winding forested route to Kambresko. Now I headed toward Srednje on an older but decent surface. The pavement finally runs out about 3 km from Kolovrat, though it's still a very good gravel surface. In fact a road biker was headed downhill on it as I ascended. I think I could climb it on a road bike but would need low gears to ascend while seated. Maybe I'll try it with the 34-30.
At Kolovrat you rejoin pavement and many tourists visiting the Pot Miru Outdoor Museum, a collection of rebuilt trenches and outdoor exhibits. I rode the MTB through a little dip in the ridge on a trail leading to Bivacco Zanuso road along the western Italian side. From here I coasted down through Passa Solarie to the Drenchia road, where I turned left then soon turned off for Clabuzzaro. I'd read a MTB trail started there, but saw no signs so I guessed where to go. I headed down a freshly paved road marked Casa Erdiel. There was a huge Prepotto sign pointing down a rough steep hiking trail. After a group of a couple dozen hikers climbed out I headed down. One of the hikers said she'd ridden it before and after the steep beginning it was fun. It was crazy steep at the beginning but I managed not to crash. Then it turned into the most fun I've had on a bike in years: rock formations, vegetation, mud bogs, crazy steep counter ascents followed by long fast downhills. Every time another surprise popped up I started laughing, it was just too much at once.
Eventually it settled down some, still hugging the steep edge of Torrente Judrio's beautiful gorge but becoming less unpredictable. After a few kilometers I reached Ponte Clinaz, where the trail/road appears to have been paved decades ago but almost all of it is washed away now. Then finally at Mulino Vecchio it becomes a regular dirt road you could drive your car on. Further still it becomes paved and continues down the wider valley of the Judrio, covered in vineyards. Wonderful ride.
|Beautiful stone house at Mernicco|
|Chiesa di Sant'Elena, Mernicco|
|Looking back from Golo Brdo at Mernicco|
|SV Marija na Jezeru, Golo Brdo|
|View west from dirt road climbing Korada|
|Forested hills rising from the meadowy slope|
|From Korada looking northwest|
|The view south, Soča River and Banjsice mountains|
|Hazy view of Santuario Castelmont|
|From Srednje tall mountains to north|
|Kolovrat trenches and WW 1 artifacts|
|Torrente Judrio cascading over exposed sedimentary strata|
|Clabuzzaro MTB trail becomes dirt road at Ponte Clinaz|
|Lower Judrio, flowing like a river, to the sea|