Sunday, October 14, 2018

La Pussa MTB

A long MTB ride through Barcis, Claut and the beautiful road along Torrente Settimana.  I left too late for my intended destination, Casera Senons, so I took some photos at La Pussa and headed home.    At the junction with the road for Cimolais my slow-leaking front tire suddenly went flat.  Pumped it up and continued toward home.  Had to reinflate it a few more times along the way but finally made it.  Will try Senons again soon.

La Pussa

Torrente Settimana climb

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lago del Ciul Hike

I last tried this hike in 2013 but ran out of time after only reaching Frassaneit, a ghost town.  Today instead I continued to the dam at Lago del Ciul.  It’s quite empty in Autumn so I’ll have to return in Spring someday. I continued along the shoreline looking for a bridge on the map but never found it.  So I turned around and headed home.  This is a lovely walk with easy access from Tramonti di Sopra.

Chiesetta Tramonti di Sopra

Waterfall shortly after start of hike

Pozze Smeraldine in
Torrente Meduna

Acquila di Frascola

Deserted village Frassaneit

Diga Ca' Ciul

I turned around here after walking
a bit of the shoreline 


Monday, October 8, 2018

Monte Pizzoc

A nearby climb that seems easy and familiar at the start then keeps shoveling  more and more ramps at you.  I was on Maxima, my lightest bike, but still my right leg-front attach point was aching from the effort.  I tried to use more left leg to compensate.

At the top it was fogged in but a hole opened  up long enough for a picture.  The ride down was long and cold but I warmed back up on the way home.  Very tired now.

Sudden hole in the fog

A long climb

Friday, October 5, 2018

Panaramica Cansiglio-Piancavallo da Coltura

A beautiful clear cool day for my favorite local climb.  I warmed up riding to Coltura then headed upward.  At Mezzomonte cemetery turn left and begin riding the long steep climb.  The final km are the steepest so you must conserve energy along the way.  Finally you reach the panaramica, but after a brief chance to catch your breath the gradient continues a long steady climb to 1500 meters.
After dipping down to Valle Friz you rise again to 1500 meters below Monte Candole then begin the long descent to Piancavallo and home.  I got off the bike completely knackered.

Torrente Artugna flowing through Dardago 

Headland of Monte Candole to the east

Costa Lunga

Look back at the high point of the road at I Fanghi 

Val Grande

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fiume Veneto Chocolate Run

Cloudy and chilly this morning so I opted for a longish flat ride.  I was nearly out (!) of 99% Lindt chocolate and the long way round avoiding the Meduna bridge was a perfect choice.  The skies even cleared and temps warmed slightly.  Good light day workout.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cao Malnisio MTB

2 km from home in Malnisio I noticed a sign for Chiesa Alpini and headed up hill.  It’s paved but very steep even on a MTB.  At end of pavement there is a flatter fork to the left and very steep gravel to the right.  I pushed the bike up this for quite awhile and eventually it became single track, climbing ever more.  Decided to return and hike this another day.  I rolled back down very gingerly and arrived at the untaken fork.  Soon you reach an outdoor church in a grassy glade.  Very moving statue of a weary Alpino here.  I will return soon.

Lotus blossom floating in fountain

The weary Alpino

Cold wind blowing his overcoat

The altar piece

His worn out boots

Rifle sling

Eyes almost frozen shut from the frigid wind

Cao Malnisio

Eyes sweeping northeast

The climb

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Praderadego da Gus

From Vittorio Veneto I rode to Tovena and up the switchbacks to Passo di San Baldo.   From there some saliscendi  eventually joining the main highway toward Mel and finally the turnoff for Gus.    Immediately begin climbing to Carve.  Here I missed a turn and unintentionally completed another climb, the steep grapple to Zealant at 770 meters. Some great gravel roads up here to explore on MTB.

I turned around and rolled back down to Carve, found the correct road and began the pass climb from Valmaor at 480 meters.  This is a beautiful remote climb with varying gradients up to 16%.  At the pass (915 meters) there a few buildings with visitors in summer.  The descent is similarly irregular, ending below Castelbrando and the road back to Vittorio Veneto.  Great workout in spectacular scenery.

Dolomiti Bellunese from Passo San Baldo descent

Dolomiti from near Zealant

Cliffs on descent from Passo Praderadego

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rujal de San Tome

Another in the series "Rides right under my nose that I've never explored."  This one starts west of the CRO hospital on Via Pedemontane Occidentale.  Turn right onto gravel road marked Deltaplano, a hang glider landing spot.  Continue through the woods to the rocky banks of Torrente Artugna (dry this time of year).  A nice gravel road for cars ends here with some signs explaining the place.  Bike or hike up the hill to the old mill house and water wheel.  You can continue for several km along the the little stone-lined canal which powers the mill.  Eventually it switches to a large boulder scramble in the direction of Chiesa San Tome.  Instead I turned around and rode back down.

On the way back I took a different route through the forest on some excellent gravel roads.  It ended right by the CRO, so I'll try that route in the opposite direction next time.  Great ride!

Old mill house

New mill wheel


Stone-lined  canal 

Boulders of Torrente Artugna

Beginning of Crode di San Tome cliffs;
later they are hundred meters high

Friday, September 21, 2018

Percorso Circolare Santuario Part Deux

Revisiting this nearby trail network to figure out where it goes.  This time I avoided climbing backwards up the super cross jumps and instead pushed the bike up Via Crucis (stations of the cross). This arrives at Madonna del Monte where I pedaled briefly until the trail plunges into the Torrente Aga ravine.  No water this dry autumn day so I carried the bike without getting wet.  Eventually I climbed out and mostly pushed the bike on the very rocky narrow trail.

Finally arrived in grassy fields and found a lovely flower garden someone has planted out here.  More climbing in low gear until I reached the trail junction where I rejoined the PCS last time I was here.  The trail meanders around westward, even arriving at Via Piancavallo highway, which I luckily chose not to bail out on.  Luckily because the trails get even better, with saliscendi, open pastures I’ve never seen before and a sweet approach to Colle San Giorgio.  After the abandoned village I took the wide gravel road down to the bridge and headed home.  Great trails just a couple of km from home I’ve just begun to explore.

Start of via crucis/stations of the cross

Madonna del Mont

Pala Fontana

Toward Piancavallo


Beautiful garden along PCS trail

Tree carving near San Giorgio

Looking north toward ruins of San Giorgio

Sunlit window of ruins