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.

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First road up into the hills away from the Autostrada that lead east from Milan.

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The approach to the town of Roana.

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The road up to Cesco's place, still with an Austrian name.

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Finally at Cesco's.

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Enjoying the view from the balcony.

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And the walking in the overlooking hills, starting at 1100 metres and going up to 1700 or more.

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The view from the town square in Roana.

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Exploring the hairpin bends on the roads that radiated out across the various hills and valleys.

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On expedition down to Lago di Garda.

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On the edge of one of the many neighbouring villages near Roanna.

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Mountain road corners after rainfall have to be taken carefully.

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You had to pick your turn-in point just right on these roads, or there could be quite a tumble.

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Back at Cesco's on the entrance stairs.

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A new twist on an old photo opportunity.

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Couples were enjoying the romantic atmosphere of Venice.

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Even when it looked a bit seedy in places.

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The facade of San Marco's Basilica still looks as grand as I remember it from the 1970's.

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I was standing in water seepage puddles on the floor to get this photo of the ornate, golden ceiling mosaics.

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The grand canal was busy as ever as we had a meal in the evening.

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Then on the road west via Caldonazzo.

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Heading towards Bormio and the snow-top mountains.

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Part-way up the Gavia Pass, on its windy, bumpy single-lane road. A great road for a GS.

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Here we are at 2,621 metres the sign tells us. Very cold, but good fun.

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Next day was the Stelvio Pass, which had a broader but more twisty approach road.

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The last hundred meters were above the snow line, and although the sun was shining brilliantly the temperature was zero degrees C.

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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 road.

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So after a the cuppa and a look around, we headed down the fifty hairpins to warmer countryside.

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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.

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All day cornering heading towards the Dolomites.

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Numerous hairpins - look at the GPS.

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View of the Dolomites from our hotel room at Pieve di Cadore.

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Farewell to the Dolomites.

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Even the tunnels have corners in Northern Italy.

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Back in Milan where we handed our bike back, there was a variety of vehicles and road hazards.

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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.

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Milan's old quarter offers some new sights for contrast.

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Inside its cathedral is very old-school and very impressive. Construction lasted from 1386 to 1965.

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And right opposite is an equally impressive cathedral of shopping called Galleria, opened in 1877.