I left Lienz, Austria at 8AM and headed via state road B100 towards the Italian border. The idea today was to get to Bormio, Italy by late afternoon, and be ready to ride Stelvio Pass tomorrow.
I didn't realize it at the time, but the route I'd programmed into the GPS, using Gary France's wise guidance, would turn out to be quite the route.
I think this was shortly before the Italian border,
I liked the castle on the hill.
The old border point into Italy.
It was a rather hazy morning, and it would just get worse as the day got warmer.
one of my first views of the Italian Dolomites
Climbing away from the Cortina d'Ampezzo area, the light
was completely wrong for me to get any pictures of Cortina I'm
sorry to report
Views while on Passo Giau
Scenic Italian Town
to one of the four/five passes crossed today.
Usually, I'm pretty good about recording names of locations where I shoot photos but it was a long day of seemingly interminable number of sharp hairpin turns, climbing up to the pass summits that came along only to find towns at the top of the pass. I must have driven the rental rig up and down over 100 hair pin turns in total!
In fact, I covered just a hair over 200 miles of riding today per the tripmeter, but it took me almost 12 hours to do it. There really wasn't a lot of time used up for pictures, there was a lot of time used up negotiating the pass roads, and their hair pin turns. Getting turned around at times near the bigger cities such as Bolzano ate up some time as well.
As evening approached, I was rushed and drove through Gavia Pass enroute to Bormio without really taking any pictures. The last pic above is the only one I did take while on Gavia Pass road. More on this pass in a future post. The climb up, on what was a single track road most of the time, was quite entertaining. Trouble was, once I was near the summit, I was in the clouds and visibility for pictures dropped to zero.
Tomorrow: Passo Stelvio.