Just another day in the Dolimites
24.06.2013 - 24.06.2013
Waking to the sound of thunder it was not looking good for riding today, we spent some time planning the next part of our trip.
At lunch time it started to clear so we ventured in to Cortina to check out the shops, all the other tourists had the same idea as the streets were full of people - and the shops were all CLOSED !! Italy has a ridiculous tradition of closing all retail shops, and quite a lot of restaurants, between 12:30 and 3:00pm. We have been caught out many times.
The skies started to clear so we decided to do the ride we had planned for today, up to Passo di Giau 2233m
Made famous by John Hermann (and also Lin & Prue who feature in his book at the top) we decided it was not to be missed. (Part of trip 51)
We were not disappointed, in fact were very stunned as there had been fresh snowfall overnight.
Parking at Giau peak we were surrounded by snow - bit chilly for my poor bike who has not experienced such low temperatures.
And of course - another Aussie sticker was added to the collection.
Poor little Aussie bikes from Port Macquarie.
Lunch outside was not an option -
The Ristorante is quite cosy.
Our lunch was delicious (vegetarians look away now !!)
Tagliatelle with Deer Ragout.
This is for everybody who has ever wanted a red Porsche.
Time to move on.
Continuing the loop we rode through Passo Cibiana hoping the weather would hold so we could go up to the Messner Mountain Museum, no such luck. It was now starting to look ominous so home we went.