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Alps - Day 11 : Aah, nice

This was the first morning on which the grass and my shoes were dry. It was warm and my bicycle shorts had dried during the night. Yesterday we had bought jam and bread, so we didn't need to buy anything. It was brown bread, which was hard to find in Italy. I took a thick slice and put jam on it. It tasted horrible. The bread was some weird stuff with anise seeds, and I nearly threw up. Bram also couldn't stand it. At the campsite's store we quickly bought some white buns.

 

We were in a large city. The big road we needed to follow was closed for cyclists and we didn't know where to go. After half an hour and asking for directions three times we found the right road. It involved a lot of climbing through tunnels, so not great. After five kilometers the tunnels stopped and we could climb normally, it did turn out to be a beautiful area. We passed a very nice lake with clear blue water. There were a lot of tourists and we talked about how it would be funny if we would've met someone we knew, while looking (and smelling) as bad as we did.

Kareree

Karersee

Karersee

The water was clear and green

Karersee
Karersee
Karersee

It was only a small climb to the next pass.

Passo di Costalunga

Passo di Costalunga.

Karerpass

Its German name was Karenpass.
 

We ate a watermelon before starting the second pass of the day.

Passo Pordoi

Viewpoint during our climb of Passo Pordoi.
 

This pass was also very tough. After we had cycled our lungs out to get to the top whilst breathing in the cars' exhaust gasses there was now someone smoking at the top. Bram suddenly needed to cough really loudly. That helped, the smoking lady sat down in her car.

Passo Pordoi

Passo Pordoi

Passo Pordoi

Bram had finished coughing
 

We passed many small villages without supermarkets. Everywhere were only hotels and restaurant. We hadn't eaten anything during the past four hours except some granola bars. Eventually we found a small grocery store, where we bought some apples and a bag of chocolate chip cookies. Those were finished within a minutes. In the next village was a better store where we bought breads. When I cut it I noticed we had made a big mistake, they were again filled with anise. We didn't eat them but did keep them in our panniers. Our previous cycling vacations had taught us not to threw those things out until we had found other food, just in case we would have a hard time finding food later.

 

During the descent we made a movie:  Movie descent 15MB.
 

After the descent we started the third pass of the day. There was apparently a campsite 12 kilometers away. After a lot of climbing we found a sign saying the campsite was in the next village. That was too close, so I told Bram 'then we will take the next one'. Eventually the campsite was indeed only a few kilometers away, but those were all uphill. We arrived around 8 o'clock. 

Alps

View during the last climb of the day

Alps

The clouds where coming back

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One of the many small villages
 

When we arrived we realized we had lost our map. I had kept it in a plastic cover in the back of my bike shirt. This map was really important, as its small scale made it contain the route of the next four days. Fortunately, I found it after pitching the tents.

 

The showers on this campsite were good, until the warm water ran out. To go to the bathroom you needed to use paper toilet-seats, there were no normal ones. Of course the paper ones where out, so we had no choice but to sit down without a seat, there also wasn't any toilet paper. At night it was cold and rainy.

Distance cycled : 117 km