I warmed up on the easy climb from Semonzo and then turned onto Via San Liberale. Branched to the right at 530 meters and began 30 switchbacks through the forest. I was doing pretty good up to 1100 meters then all hell breaks loose. I stood of course, then started gasping to get enough air. Near the top I was almost ready to hop off and lie down in the road to rest awhile but I caught a glimpse of the goat weathervane. This gave me the inspiration I needed to gasp and sputter to the top.
After a rest I headed west past La Vedetta turnoff at 1447 meters then down into the Valletta, with herds of bell-ringing cows. The summit of Monte Grappa was socked in so at 1500 meters I decided to head down the wider road to Semonzo. Very nice descent.
|Wildflowers and a deep gorge|
|The steel goat weathervane shows no mercy|
|Goats-eye view of the final deadly switchbacks|
|Chiesetta atop La Vedetta (1445 m)|
|Cute baby asino walkin down the road with family|
|Salto della Capra difficulty|
|The hard part at the top|