This is part of the twelfth section of our around
the world trip.
Complete Trip Overview & Map
Coming from Switzerland or read our previous visit to Italy
9/9/09 The constant stopping,
throwing the motorcycle on its side, and time taken to repair the
puncture, had delayed
our progress, as did the few stops we snatched to eat and admire more
of the magnificent scenery. By 6pm, our preferred latest stopping time,
before sunset, we found a campground in the ski town of Pozza di Fassa,
having crossed into Italy earlier in the day. This whole region, once
we crossed the mountains from Switzerland has an Italian feel. Signage
is in both languages, architecture as Italian as it was Swiss.
10/9/09 The tyre had deflated slightly overnight, a slight leak
from the BMW plug, so our battery electric tyre pump was again put to
good use. The weather staying fine for us and although cool in the ski
area riding was pleasant enough early morning, however traffic
increased as we moved into the apple growing area of Italy and being
harvest time many small tractor trailers were out on the roads carting
apples to be processed. Traffic didn't ease as we started to climb the
first of the days three passes in the Cortina d'Ampezzo region, the
Dolomites, a beautiful area of Italy but currently full of Italian
holiday makers and road recreation users like bicycles, motorcyclists
and car enthusiasts just out to cruise the roads in this lovely region.
The scenery was truly stunning, barren mountains showing their
limestone peaks above the tree line. Cable cars carried busloads of
tourists to the tops, way above the road.
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