I continued again to the southeast and rode through Quarto d'Altino. Went a bit astray and ended up further south than I wanted at San Liberale. I headed a bit northwest and soon was in Portegrandi, where the ciclovia ends (or in my backwards case, begins). I rode a few km along the shore of the lagoon and it really is enormous. When you visit Venice you just see a fraction of the miles of shallow water surrounding it.
Finally I headed up the ciclovia and was immediately filled with joy. It is an old tow path maybe 2 horses wide, atop a levy to control flooding. The path itself is well-packed strada bianca; I never had any problems with traction or sliding on curves (this with 28mm slick tires). This time of year, even on a Sunday, there was no problem with overcrowding. Really a pleasant ride.
I'll try to return and ride Fiume Sile's bikeway to the northwest this summer. It appears to continue to Castelfranco Veneto and connects to more paths beyond.
|Castello di Roncade|
|The carriage house|
|Branch off the main lagoon at Le Trezze|
|View of lagoon toward Jesolo|
|Beautiful levies of Fiume Sile|
|The bikepath through Quarto d'Altino|