Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Traverse of Italy: Alpi Carniche

In stage II of his journey Javier winds his way over four days from Tarvisio to Casera Melin traveling 164.7 km. The route takes him from Italy into Austria and back into Italy.

The first day was very hard with almost two thousand meters of altitude in less than 50km in bad weather. Two tough climbs: The first to Achomitzer Alp over hilly and very difficult terrain, with plenty of time required to push the the bike. The second climb was over good terrain but it came at the end of the day. In between was a stretch of mountain road with even some complicated steps and handrails. Lago Pramollo:

Continuing the journey on the second day of Stage II through the Alpi Carniche Javier continues to encounter bad weather. Using the tracks of the Nassfeld-Hermagor station to skirt the Trogkofel/Crete di Alp peak he is eventually forced down into the valley in order to continue to Mauthen. Descending to Ratendorf:

The following day the route re-enters Italy at Passo di Monte Croce Carnico/Plöckenpass:It's a challenging day with lots of meters of climbing in few km. The descent from the Refugio Marinelli:

In the final day of Stage II Javier begins to leave the Alpi Carniche and begins the tranistion to the Dolomites. Today's goal is to reach the Valley Melin. At the Passo Passo Avanza climbing towards the Passo Palombino:The requisite bike photo:

Traverse of Italy, Introduction

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