Travelled: 138 kms from Arabba to Castelfondo. Region of Trento, Italy.
Visited: The Dolomites.
Stayed: Castelfondo, €15 sosta with services. N46.45888, E11.12988
Budget: 112 days @ €92 per day.
The weather was a little misty yesterday evening as we returned from our dinner out, but this morning its clear but cold. Most of our neighbours are up and moving early. As we don’t have a plane to catch we have a coffee and breakfast, before getting ready to go.
We service the Hymer whilst taking in the view.
Our only aim today is to drive the scenic SS48 west. The Dolomite mountains are not a single range, they are divided into distinct groups of mountains. Today we continue our passage through the central Dolomites and hopefully by tonight we will be close enough to visit the western Dolomites tomorrow. But the going is slow.
From Arabba we once again start a steady climb out of the valley.
Lots of cyclist making the climb this morning.
We pass isolated hotels on our way.
Nearing the top of Passo Pardoi at around 2,400m.
There is a small parking spot just over the crest, so we stop for a quick picture and to let several sports cars go past.
We continue down into the valley passing through Canazei.
Canazei is full of toursit coaches and people, so we scoot on through.
The downhill drive just seems to keep on going.
The road continues down for almost 60klms. Eventually at the valley floor we find a Lidl supermarket at Bronzolo cross under the E45 that links Bolzano with Trento.
We find the SS42 and start our second climb of the day. This time Passo di Mendola at 1800m. It’s Sunday afternoon and the restuarant in Mendola seem full.
Once over the pass we come down into the Vale di Sole, but we can see the Brenta Dolomites in the distance. It’s been a long days driving, so we set the GPS for a sosta in Castelfondo with good reviews.
At €15 it’s a little expensive, but it’s late and the views are amazing. So we settle in.
We take the opportunity to get the BBQ out and cook a couple of steaks and some sausages. Red meat for the first time in a while, cold beer and wine. We go to sleep with the sound of cow bells chimming methodicaly in the distance…