On This Day 29th-September-2013

This week’s on this day post comes from the 29th-September-2013. And I’m in Italy on my way to Athens.

Sunday 29th September 2013 – Valdaora to Vittorio Venento. 86 miles.

What a miserable day! It’s been overcast and raining on and off all day. And of all the days to be wet, today is one that I could have done with it being sunny. I came through the Dolomite mountains today, but I couldn’t see a thing with it being so dull and overcast. I kept getting the odd glimpse but never a complete view. But what I did see looked pretty spectacular. I just wish I could have seen it on a sunny day.

I spent much of the morning climbing up the 1500m Cimabanche Pass. And there I was, thinking that it would be all downhill after the Brenner Pass yesterday! Mind you, it has been downhill more or less since the Cimabanche Pass, and that was about fifty miles ago.

Man bike road sign
At the top of the Cimabanche pass

I ended up on the wrong road this afternoon, or rather, it was the right road. It’s just I shouldn’t have been on it. I could see the road I should have been on far below me as I cycled high above it on the new flyovers, which wasn’t a good place to be. Cars were whizzing past me, and a strong sidewind kept blowing me from the hard shoulder into the main carriageway. And things didn’t improve when I had to go through some scary Mary tunnels with no hard shoulder!

I was glad when an exit came, and I could get off that road and onto the quieter road I should have been on in the first place.

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