Northern Italian Bike Ride September 2017
Photos by John McKinnon and Maureen Walmsley made on Sony A7S with Leica
Elmar-M 50/2.8, 24/3.8 and Minolta 90/4 lenses.
First road up into the hills away from the Autostrada that lead east
The approach to the town of Roana.
The road up to Cesco's place, still with an Austrian name.
Finally at Cesco's.
Enjoying the view from the balcony.
And the walking in the overlooking hills, starting at 1100 metres and
going up to 1700 or more.
The view from the town square in Roana.
Exploring the hairpin bends on the roads that radiated out across the
various hills and valleys.
On expedition down to Lago di Garda.
On the edge of one of the many neighbouring villages near Roanna.
Mountain road corners after rainfall have to be taken carefully.
You had to pick your turn-in point just right on these roads, or there
could be quite a tumble.
Back at Cesco's on the entrance stairs.
A new twist on an old photo opportunity.
Couples were enjoying the romantic atmosphere of Venice.
Even when it looked a bit seedy in places.
The facade of San Marco's Basilica still looks as grand as I remember
it from the 1970's.
I was standing in water seepage puddles on the floor to get this photo
of the ornate, golden ceiling mosaics.
The grand canal was busy as ever as we had a meal in the evening.
Then on the road west via Caldonazzo.
Heading towards Bormio and the snow-top mountains.
Part-way up the Gavia Pass, on its windy, bumpy single-lane road. A
great road for a GS.
Here we are at 2,621 metres the sign tells us. Very cold, but good fun.
Next day was the Stelvio Pass, which had a broader but more twisty
The last hundred meters were above the snow line, and although the sun
was shining brilliantly the temperature was zero degrees C.
And finally right at the very top, having a coffee at what was called
the Tibet Cafe. Where I parked the bike had about 20mm of ice on the
So after a the cuppa and a look around, we headed down the fifty
hairpins to warmer countryside.
Is this town named after Casey Stoner? I can't find any information on
it, but the roads certainly are good for someone who likes cornering.
All day cornering heading towards the Dolomites.
Numerous hairpins - look at the GPS.
View of the Dolomites from our hotel room at Pieve di Cadore.
Farewell to the Dolomites.
Even the tunnels have corners in Northern Italy.
Back in Milan where we handed our bike back, there was a variety of
vehicles and road hazards.
But also a tremendous variety of high quality foods. "Eataly"
is a combination of local fresh foods for sale, and restaurants offering
the finished product.
Milan's old quarter offers some new sights for contrast.
Inside its cathedral is very old-school and very impressive.
Construction lasted from 1386 to 1965.
And right opposite is an equally impressive cathedral of shopping
called Galleria, opened in 1877.