Strasserwirt Herrenansitz Zu Tirol
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And these round mounds are evidence of the sedimentary buildup that occurred while the range was submerged, as well as the erosion that followed.
In World War I, the front line between Italy and Austria-Hungary cut through the mountains of the Dolomites. Soldiers on both sides worked to carve tunnels, sometimes miles long, through the cliffs of the mountains. They built shelters at strategic points on ridges and peaks, ...
... was also an old hut that the workers that built the road had lived in and a memorial to those that had died during the construction. The tunnel at the top had icicles in it from water that had been dripping. At 5.00 pm it was 1.5C.
We stayed the night just at the bottom of the road in a car park as it was starting to get dark.
... the time I got near the summit I was just loving it. The road surface was dry and extremely smooth and it was just twists every inch of the way, in fact it was so good i decided to head back down and have a second go just for fun.
Finally with all the fun over I arrived into the scenic town of Paluzza where there were quite a number of bikes parked up and so I decided to join them.
As soon as i stopped I got chatting to some very friendly German bikers. What a laugh we ...
... and before long I was riding along a black line in a white pass.
A few miles into my journey I decided to go and explore a small little narrow road. At first this little road was fine to ride but the further I went the more snow appeared. It got more and more and there was simply no way of me turning the bike around and so I just had to keep on going. Lucky for me a car had been along it earlier and made two wheel tracks in the snow which made it easier to ride.
... are in a terrible state of repair and one never knows how many potholes or bad rough patches of tar are around any curve!!
Finally for a short 15 or so miles I am back on the fast flowing motorway along the edge of Innsbruck and right in the shadows of some magnificent Alpine peaks. I just wanted to stop and take photos but as this was a motorway I simply could not stop.
Finally its off the motorway and back onto the great twisty Alpine roads, however ...