Friday, September 09, 2005
Lost In Europe
After Eurobike I wanted to go to Italy. So Garda seemed like a reasonable choice.
Riding in Garda, Italy was pretty cool. The Dolomites are EXTREMELY steep and rocky. The mountains were not to be under estimated, they are really fuggin big.
We grabbed the first campground we saw when coming into the town of Torbole at the north end of Lake Garda. Not really a mistake, but probably the busiest campground in all of Europe. Fine for people watching and we were right next to the bar.
There have been some World Cup DH events in Garda and the local shop Meki's has a wall of famous chuckleheads autographs on it. Lopes, HB, Gary Fisher and so on. There is a nice cafe and bar that is part of the shop. Of course you can get a good espresso which is standard in Italy there.
Going it self-serve, we grabbed some map and headed up the mountain. Climbing the steep rocky trail beat me down so we stayed on the road which was fine. Not much traffic and alot of other cyclists to ride with. After about two hours, steeper by the kilo and a half dozen sucker summits and some gravel road we reach the summit. The view over the lake was like from a jet plane. The panorama was entirely kick ass.
We had 4500 feet of climbing and two or so hours into it and more or less cashed, so we headed back down. At one point we got on the single track. Rock, solid rock, rock ledges and rock kitty heads, baby heads.... basically rock. All of the Dolomites are rock. Bitchen. John surprised me on his steep rocky decending cajones. He says it the scandium Aizan 29er. (plug) Watch out for sleepers on 29ers is all I can say.
We are over the crowded scene at Club Med Garda we headed south.... maybe to a detour to the San Pellegrino terme near Milano? (Juan lives on Pellegrino.)
Ciao fer now,