Dolomites, Alps, May 2023
After ten years, finally back to the Dolomites. The last time I was there was in 2013. At that time also with Paul. Now it should finally be time again.
I combined the trip with a visit to Dagmar and Franz on Ascension Day. Then it went to the well-known hotel in Arabba.
The trip almost failed on the first three miles but in this case the Berlin police saved me. More about this below.
There were again several people involved in my tour. First I was with Dagmar and Franz and we went on a nice tour with Markus. Then Paul was waiting for me in Arabba and we had a great week there with nice rides.
After passing the first adventure in Berlin, I first went to Dagmar and Franz. After a ride with Markus and another with Franz, it was then one go (470 miles) to Arabba.
So off I went and back again. There was nothing to see. I then dialed 911 (others could be endangered) and was told that there was a report of luggage on the Autobahn. Further information was not available. I was told the police department responsible and I went straight there.
Before I even got back on the Autobahn, I got a call from the police department saying I could pick up my luggage. They already had it and they had searched it to find an owner. In the process they came across my phone number. So I went there and everything was there only slightly damaged.
I was able to continue my journey after an hour.
The Grödner Joch is still closed. Therefore, a full Sella Eight is not yet possible. We drive the other part and add Tre Croci, Lago di Misurina and Passo Giau. A nice round to roll in.
It goes to the south. The Passo Manghen is on the program. In addition, we want to go over the Kaiserjägerstraße and the Passo Vézzena.
The Passo Manghen has a special adventure waiting for us: the road is blocked by a truck that got stuck in a hairpin turn. It takes a while until it gets free again.
A rainy day - it is supposed to rain a lot. However, there should also be a rain break in the morning. I want to use the dry window for a Sella Eight loop, since the Grödner Joch was opened.
Paul stays in the hotel.
The Giro d'Italia is coming up. We are prepared and have chosen the route accordingly. However, we have made the bill without the Italians.
The destination is the Monte Crostis (Panoramica delle Vette). But the highlight will be the photo flight over the Forcella Lavardet.
The Giro d'Italia comes through Arabba. We escape over the Pordoi Pass to the north.
It is convenient for us that Penser Joch is now also open. So we take the Ritten road over to the Sarntal valley, up to Penser Joch and back over Jaufen Pass. However, the traffic is quite heavy on the connecting routes around Merano and Bolzano.
We see a Simson-S50 group. They continue to Sterzing.
I drive the 600 miles back to Berlin. The weather makes it possible. On Whitsun Saturday I expect a lot of traffic in the opposite direction until about Munich. But I am also very early and so everything keeps very within limits and I can drive back without major delays.
In total I drive 2700 miles. Of these, 800 miles in the Dolomites with Paul. There I climb a total of 31 miles. In total I climb 44 miles (just the ride from Beselich to Arabba gives 6 miles of climb).