A final ride

Our final ride today was a short one with a mere 400 m ascent. The route took us from Arco up into the baking hills to the west. The descent was technical with lots of loose rock followed later by a steep descent on cobble stones. We ended up at a spot along a river where we had stopped briefly two days earlier. I paddled in the river for a bit before we rode back to the campsite, stuck the bikes in the car, and headed back to the land of cabbage. Mmmm cabbage.

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Above left: Paddling in the river after the descent. Yes, I know I am wearing posy Nike gear. It’s all I have… honestly… Above right: A swan on the lake in the evening.

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Above left: Looking across the Gardasee in the evening. Above right: Frauke at the water’s edge.

Difficult Descent

We headed to the east side of the lake today and cycled up a sealed road to the TV masts on the hill. It was another sweat-profusely sort of day and we did just that. A constant stream of cyclists headed up the road with us. From the TV masts we headed along an unsealed road to the start of the descent.

The descent was technical with plenty of ruts and loose stone. We slid and hopped our way down. Frauke paused to graze her arm against some rocks. Although the descent was tricky, I enjoyed it. At the bottom we joined the main road and “roadied’ back to the camp site with a nice warm tail wind.

We ate pizza in a little restaurant for tea. Yum yum.

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Above left: A view from the east side of the lake back towards Torbole. The fin shaped hill is where we zipped up briefly yesterday on our second ride. Above middle: Frauke had a run in with some rocks during the technical descent. We weren’t the only ones that found it difficult. We passed some people pushing there bikes down the track. Above right: The forest was a blur of green. Or is it just blurry due to our intense down-hill speed?

Below: We relaxed at the side of the lake after returning. The water is deliciously blue but a bit cold.

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Below: Frauke is about to tackle her size XL pizza.

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Two tours

Another hot day. My weary legs did not wake up until later in the ride today. We rode around in the hills north of Arco (30 minutes by bike north from Torbole). We passed a little lake after lunch and found some interesting little trails before we headed back to our camp site. In the evening we went for another little mission with Frauke’s friend Andy and his brother up the hill next to the camp-site. Another technical descent and then a mountain bike bunch-ride back to the camp-site.

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Above left: Cris having a break in the shade. Above right: The view from the hill above Torbole/Riva out across Lago di Garda. Not a bad spot really.

Below: Our route for today.