Lokve seems an extension of Cepovan to the north: miles of lush green pastureland in a high valley between forested hills. I don't blame the residents for keeping the road to the south unpaved- this special place should be kept remote and pristine as long as possible. The 10km dirt road isn't too bad on a road bike: on the climb I hardly noticed the difference and even on the steepest descents I avoided crashing. Just above Predmeja the asphalt resumes and suddenly I was on one of the steepest most-fun plummets ever. Very curvy and fast.
At Lokovec I turned to the right on a shortcut to Cesta. From here I took the wide flattish, rolling main highway 444 all the way back to Kromberk and the car park. Very fun ride. In his guidebook Fulvio Babich recommends the triangle connecting Lokovec, Predmeja, and Ajdovscina so I will try that climb/descent on my next visit to this area.
|Kromberk castello's vineyards|
|Lokve green pastures|
|Edge of the forest|
|Through the gap Julian Alps are visible|
|Beginning of dirt road heading south|
|10 km later the asphalt returns|
|Near Predmeja looking down toward Lokovec|
|From Lokovec looking back at the mountains to the north|
|Last 5km of this climb are on dirt road|