Innsbruck to Valdaora, Italy. 78 miles.
Nice early start this morning or as early as it gets these days, it seems to take for ever to get going, everything is just so hard to do when my sciatica’s playing up! But I did manage to get on the road by 7.30.
The Brenner pass wasn’t as bad as I thought I thought it had been harder going getting to Innsbruck, but maybe that’s because the roads were a lot busier and narrower, going up the Brenner pass the road was a lot wider and lorries weren’t allowed on it they had to go on the motorway. It only got a bit tough about three miles from the top when it got a lot steeper and there was a strong head wind!
Once I was at the top it was a bit of a let down, but then so are so many other border towns, there wasn’t even a sign saying you was at the top the only thing I saw was the sign for Italy and some new giant retail shopping outlet!
Going down the other side was good it was a cycle path that was on an old disused railway line, it might not have been the most direct down but at least it was relaxing and I was able to take in the spectacular scenery. In fact I’ve been on cycle paths since coming down the Brenner pass mainly along some river this afternoon.