We used the weekend before Easter to check out a couple of hotels and soak up some much needed warmth on the shores of Lake Garda!
First, however, we had to get over the Jaufenpass with its 2,094 metres above sea level.
Next it was down South. Our Plan was to hit the Passo di Mendola, not very high but a beauty to ride as it has just about everything a biker’s heart could wish for from hairpin bends to longer curvy stretches and of course only the best tarmac.
Having had a refreshment at Kalterer See we headed back to Cavareno to our hotel.Next morning we set off again at a reasonable time and after a great breakfast. The plan was to hit the Passo Crocedomini. On the way we discovered absolutely mind blowing stretches of road. Italy tends to do that …
Unfortunately the Passo was still closed so we turned round and cruised over to Lago d’Idro and have a coffee and something to bite before we got to the highlight of the day: the road along Lago di Valvestino! Not long after Lake Garda lay below us. Temperatures rose to 25 degrees and more in the sun and it was time to get our shorts and T-Shirts out.The night was spent in Salo of Fellini fame. The hotel, although we have not taken pictures as it was conveniently located near the centre of Salo, was excellent. Especially the roof terrace was nice to hang out on after a long day’s ride.
On Sunday morning it was time to head back home. As we wanted to avoid the ridiculously busy road along the shores of Lake Garda we hit the ferry.Then it was straight over Mount Baldo to the motorway to Bolzano, from where we once again hit the breathtaking Jaufenpass before cruising on home.
The little trip just served to remind us why we get out and about. It was a serious holiday full of new experiences packed into a meagre three days! Fantastic!
Already looking forward to the next tour but it is snowing outside as I am typing…
- Type: hi – weekend
- Group Strength: 3
- Distance: 390 miles
Two nights in some of the most fantastic biking territory imaginable. Unfortunately we were not able to do the Sella Ronda due to one pass being closed already. However, there is plenty to keep every biker’s heart leap with joy.I’ve put some of the photos on the home page as they deserve more than just “meagre” post exposure…
However, here is another one to keep you gagging for more:To our surprise we hit two closed roads in one day – a very rare occurrence even in off-season – which somewhat messed up our schedule…
… so that we hit the Felbertauern road when it was getting dark already. And COLD! Arrived in Mittersill around six, just in time to find a nice little place which brews its own beer which we naturally had to sample. The nosh was also first class. Definitely an address to remember 😎
- Type: hi – weekend
- Group Strength: 5
- Distance: 420 miles
Again only a short trip but brilliant nevertheless.
For lack of time we hit the motorway before turning off on the wonderful and expansive Obertauern road with its amazing views. For want of crass opposites we hit the Bundschuh road which is not much more than ten feet wide. And then the Nockalm.
While a friend sampled the local alcohol free wheat beer… … we took full advantage of the weather!We then made our way back through Upper Austria and had some great big and small roads which we had not known beforehand and ended up in our Alpine hut.Following that we went to Graz through some of the worst weather I’ve ever ridden through. We had a choice, yes, but I wanted to check my GoreTex stuff and Harry had new boots It genuinely was so dark and the rain so thick that you couldn’t see further ahead than fifty yards. Methinks that next time I see a weather front like that I’ll turn around, regardless of what the rest thinks…
After a lovely night in a great city with wonderful beer we set off again through Austria’s lesser know Alps which does not mean they are less stunning, however!
Here is a last picture to give you an impression of what you’ve missed 😆
- Type: hi – weekend
- Group Strength: 4
- Distance: 400 miles
It was cold. No, it was freezing. But those were the days before heated grips, of which I now am a very proud and glad owner. Notice the snow???
We crossed the Danube, one of Europe’s main waterways, on our way to Cesky Krumlov, an absolutely stunningly beautiful town in the South-West of the country. Here some mouthwatering pictures:
Not surprisingly, being in the Czech Republic, birthplace of beer, we sampled the local produce and found it rather satisfying.
We also passed one or two nice places on way.But not all is beautiful in the old communist countries and came across old dilapidated industrial complexes which would benefit from demolition.
As it was only a short trip we hit Upper Austria the next day and spent the night in our original Alpine hut!Unfortunately we did not have time to explore all the beautiful roads and curves which Upper Austria has to offer as we had to head back home.