Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 23: Fondo to Moos


After the previous day's unpredictable weather, we woke up to some fairly good weather and a quiet climb up to Passo Palade, which did not boast very steep grades but did grant us great views of the valley below us.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

From Passo Palade, we descended towards Merano, which was one of the smoothest descents you could imagine. While not very fast in terms of absolute speed, the curves were well controlled and the road mostly straight, so you could go at terminal velocity almost all the way down to Merano. We stopped a few times because the view of Merano Valley was so clear that it would have been a shame not to take a picture.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

By the time we got to Lana, our quiet road had turned into an incredibly busy road. While navigating the streets I spotted a bike path signed for Merano. The bike path started in a narrow alley that I would not have spotted if it had not been prominently marked.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

Fortunately, the bike path quickly turned into a proper path (though with a few under-signed sections that caused us to scratch our heads a little bit). Soon we were rolling into Merano and then saw one of the largest supermarkets we seen. Phil went in and bought lunch, which was an entire chicken which we devoured in half an hour.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

After lunch, we left town heading towards Timmelsjoch. The traffic leading out of town was busy and on a two lane highway. The sun beat down on us and there was no shade, but after a few rollers I saw a bike path sign and immediately went for it. The bike path was shaded and right along the river which took the sting out of most of the ride as we headed towards St. Leonhard.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

High above St. Leonhardt we could see the descent from Jaufenpass come into town. We could also see high clouds and fog rolling in over the mountain. Europeans don't always wear helmets, and Italy is no exception. In many places, bicycles were also used as multi-person vehicles, even if they only had one seat. I was very amused to see a couple treat cycling as a cooperative process, with the man pedaling and the woman steering the bars, sans helmets!
From Tour of the Alps 2011

The town of Leonhardt was at 700m, and it was smoking hot when we arrived. Phil looked a little cooked and asked if we shouldn't check out the tourist information center. At the tourist information, we found that there was another town 300m higher and just 7km away. We made reservations at Maria's Cafe, and decided that this would be our destination for the day.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

Climbing 300m on a hot day in the open with no shade is definitely only for the masochistic. The only reason I did so was I wanted a shorter climb the next day and cooler evenings so we could sleep. It turned out that I had mis-timed everything, since once we arrived and checked into Maria's Cafe, it started pouring! On second thought, maybe that was fine, since it meant we'd maximized the amount of time riding. Maria's Cafe was very adequate for cyclists, and included a bike shop. The owner said, "There's no bike shop in town, so I decided to make my workshop a bike shop as well."
From Tour of the Alps 2011

Moos was a town that made the most of its name. The supermarket was called "Konsumoos", and the bunker museum in town called itself the "Mooseum". We had arrived a little to explore the "Mooseum", but the supermarket had ice cream and that was much needed after the ride.
Previous
Next
Post a Comment