Italy: Dolomites with Motorbikes, Day 2
After the breakfast we proceeded with our plans. Primož and Danica decided to explore the nearby area, while Ana, Mrki, Borut and me went on a motorbike tour with a lot of mountain passes.
Our camp site in the morning with the toilet
|Borut and Mrki, KTM and Yamaha|
|The Castelbello Castle - The picturesque Castelbello Castle, first mentioned in 1238, was built by the Lords of Montalban. Majestically, it is situated on a cliff on the left bank of the Adige River. Because of its exposed position, the castle had to be protected by strong fortifications, which needed to be re-modernized over the years. In 1813 and 1824, the castle was largely destroyed by fire. The Counts of Hendl rebuilt only a small part for residential purposes. At the end of a protracted court process held over decades between Count Siegmund von Hendl and the Republic of Italy for the possession of the castle, eventually a settlement was reached. This allowed the State to acquire the castle.|
|Half way up to the famous Stelvio Pass (Italian: Passo dello Stelvio; German: Stilfser Joch).|
|I'm glad we were on motorbikes|
|Some of the 48 hairpin turns near the top of the eastern ramp of the Stelvio Pass|
|Ana, Mrki, Kralj and Stelvio|
|The highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, 2758 m a.m.s.l.|
|Short walk to the Rifugio Garibaldi, 2845 m|
|The Mountain Hut, built in the sixties, was constructed next to the ruins of the old Swiss hotel bombed during the World War I (1915 - 1918) from a military base at the site "Forte Venini" Oga, situated at a straight line distance of 11 km. Click for more.|
|Mrki, Tuši, Kralj and Ana|
|Beer at our highest point of the trip|
We continued in Switzerland for a while and we went over the Fuorn Pass, where a brown bear (Ursus arctos) was seen and photographed in July 2005 - the first sighting of a wild bear in Switzerland since 1923.
Waiting at the border to leave the Switzerland. Not because of the police or customs, the reason was a single lane road tunnel Munt la Schera, that connects the Engadin valley with Lago di Livigno. At the end of the tunnel we also had to pay a toll, 10€ per motorbike. Expensive!
|Lago di Livigno|
|We rode through Livigno|
|Lago Bianco at Gavia Pass, 2621 m|
|Lago Nero, 2386 m, just underneath the Gavia Pass|
|Descent from Gavia Pass to Ponte di Legno, Brescia|
|Quick stop for pictures at Rifugio Bonetta|
Action time all the way back to our camp site in Leifers
|We had a delicious dinner after whole day of riding. Danica thanks!|