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... shifted back and forth between the two countries over the last few hundred years, and, as a result, has a very mixed culture and language. This is why many peaks and huts have two names: a German version, and an Italian one. Kletterstieg and Paternkofel, two terms I have used here, are the German variations.
Massimiliano, Paolo. "The Geology of the Dolomites: What Makes These Mountains Unique?" ...
We crossed the border from Slovenia into Austria with no formalities, just a wave through. The little alpine villages and steep mountains of Austria were just like postcards. The Grossglockner Road is one of the famous alpine roads. It's 48 kilometres of winding road climbing to 2571 metres above sea level before descending down the other ...
... of him and my bike together.
Excitement over and now it was time to head back down this cobble stone road. On the way up I noticed at times it was rather slippery so going down here is going to be a even harder challenge than it was going up. One little slip on this steep road and I could be a gonner!! Extreme care will need to be taken.
With ice and snow all around I started my decent of this summit station. I kept in 2nd gear and on a few occasions the front ...
... the sound of waterfalls coming down the edge of the mountains and the occasional ringing of cow bells.
Here in the Alps many herds of cattle have these bells on their necks so their owners can track them down by sound.
As the evening drew in the overcast sky became blue and some great shots of the surrounding mountains were to be had.
At first when I arrived here those mountains looked massive and one struggles to take in their great size but as ...
... get some morning tea / lunch at Sillian. This was about 5 km short of the Italian border. We came into town the wrong way and ended up on the busiest road that we'd seen in a while, risking our lives due to the trucks using the skinny roads. The sun was out again today even though it was a bit cooler. After leaving Sillian we found our bike path and headed off to the Italian border. There were lots of cyclists going the other way so ...