Next I arrived at the descent to Ravascletto, steep and well-paved since the Giro d'Italia preparations of 2011. Unfortunately there've been some landslides over the winter and the road was blocked for repair. Some motorcyclists had been turned back but I lifted my bike over the barriers and then used the wooden guardrails as a catwalk to reach the other side. The workers were rappeling on the steep slope to secure chainlink landslide prevention in place. Hard to imagine how hot that would be even up in the mountains with the sun beating down.
Eventually the road reaches Ravascletto and the beautiful main highway. Some great curves on the plummet down this road.
Try this loop if you get a chance. It's a great experience.
|Rhododedron-covered slopes above top of climb|
|Gorgeous mountain meadows|
|Monte Crostis hiking trail|
|The valley where I started in Comeglians|
|Wild rhododendron close-up|
|Monte Coglians again half-hidden behind smaller peaks|
|Big peaks to the west in Veneto|
|Looking down at the descent road to Ravascletto|
|The tough climb from Comeglians|
|Follow the zig-zags clockwise|