From here I explored some, then rode to Casera Monte Longa, a similar place. It was my destination a few weeks ago though I never made it all the way to the casera. Today after visiting the hut I headed down a shortcut to the descent road. I'd been warned in Fred's blog about nettles along the path and he was right: they stung the heck out of me. But I did determine that this was not a good shortcut when biking: far too steep and narrow for carrying or pushing a bike.
The descent was wonderful with lots of gravel switchbacks, then at 700 meters the steep paved road. Arriving at Vallata by the lake, I recrossed the dam, through the tunnels and home. Beautiful ride. Will try some more of the other dirt roads up here soon: there are several more I've never ridden.
|Casera La Pala|
|Monte Ciastelat from Casera Monte Lunga|
|Casera Monte Longa|
|The steep climb from Portuz to Casera La Pala|