Another great day of riding here today, although I changed plans after looking at the weather forecast this morning. No epic ride, but lots of fun doing some exploring on some roads I always wanted to try. I started by climbing to Bulla, which is only about 2 kilometers of climbing off the road to Passo Pinei. Beautiful, fun road, but short enough that I definitely wanted more. I rode over Passo Pinei to Castelrotto, then took a road I have thought about many times to Alpi di Suisi, and turned around at the top, just above Saltrina. It is around 1000 meters of climbing above Castelrotto, and I did not want to descend to Saltrina just to climb back, as the road definitely ends there. I was there on Sunday on a mountain bike, and it was nice to link these roads together in my mind. Lots of ski lifts at the top and a gondola from a town just below Castelrotto. I totally enjoyed the ride, and am thinking that perhaps I don't need an epic ride tomorrow to be happy. Today, 50.8 kilometers in 3:18 with 1961 meters of climbing. It is simply steep here with almost no flat or grades even approaching flat here. Super beautiful and challenging riding, though. I am loving being here.
What a beautiful church and view at this little church in Bulla.
The hillside just past Bulla.
Looking down at the Val Gardena and Ortesei from just above Bulla.
What a beautiful view toward the start of the climb from Castelrotto
to Alpi di Suisi. How could I not keep climbing all the way to the
top? 1000 meters of climbing later, I was wondering, but I enjoyed the climb.
A little sculpture of a nordic skier at the top of todays climb,
which is also at the top of a ski lift.
The little restaurant in St. Michael where I had excellent cafe
machiato and chocolate cake yesterday. I was set for water today,
so I did not stop, except for this picture.