You start at Valbruna just off the road to Tarviso. After a brief paved warm up the road crosses a bridge over Torente Saisera and slants steeply upward. I gave it my best shot but eventually had to push the bike up the steeper bits. Maybe a quarter or a third of the climb I had to walk. After the worst is past, you see the church afar on a hill and the gradient moderates slightly. Then on the ski slope at the end it pitches up again briefly.
I walked through the tiny village (now a row of souvenir shops) and finally reached the church, very pretty with its sundial and steeple. Very cold up here even in late June, so I donned my windshirt and arm warmers, wishing I'd brought leg warmers too.
The descent is very steep with loose gravel so I went slowly to avoid sliding over a cliff. I will try a variant next time: to Jof di Sompdogna, which connects to paved road to Dogna on Torrente Fella. This area is irresistibly undeveloped and wild. Must return.
|Pretty old church|