We headed off in the morning up the Col di Bavella on our bikes from our campsite just outside of Zonza. We had a quick approx. 600 m climb to the pass where we had a bite to eat and tried to avoid the hordes of tourists. Then we went for a wander along part of the GR20 walk. We headed up to a col first, past an interesting looking sport climbing crag. We then picked our way up and down over rocky (and according to Leonie spooky) terrain towards another col (Bocca Pargulu). We were in billowy cloud the entire time. Occasionally we’d get glimpses of the mountains ahead and then the they’d vanish. It probably added to the walk though, rather than detracting from it. The cloud vanished at the second col and we descended and finished the loop-track in the sun. It was then just a quick descent from the pass back down to our campsite.
Above left: We jumped back on the bikes in the morning and road up the pass for some more wandering fun. Above right: We locked our bikes at the pass, had a bite to eat, and went strolling.
Above left: Some more posing was done. Above middle: We headed up to another col above the first pass. Above right: I did a bit of rock scrambling.
Above left: Leonie also did some rock scrambling. There was a section with a chain which we had to climb down. Above middle: It had been very foggy but at one point the fog suddenly cleared and we could see all the funky things around us. Above right: But then the fog came back again.
Above: We reached another pass and did some more posing.
We left Porto in the morning and headed South along the coast. We probably got 5 km away before the prettiness overwhelmed us and we had to stop. We unpacked the bikes and rode back to a nice stretch of road with steep red rock cliffs all around. We locked the bikes and went walking in the hills for an hour or so. Then it was onwards further South and then back into the hills to Zonza. We stayed the night there.
Above left: We set off in the morning for a quick ride along the coast before having some yummy fruit and yoghurt for breakfast back at the camp. Then it was into the car and we cruised off until we found these very funky rocks. So funky that Leonie went and bumped her head hard against them. Above right: Leonie did some posing.
Above left: We locked our bikes below on the road and went for a walk up into the hills a bit. Lots more funky rocks and we had a nice view back out to the coast. We returned to our bikes and road back to where the car was parked and drove onwards. Above right: The coast had pretty looking water but it was so hot and the sun so intense that we didn’t venture down to the beaches.
Above: We drove on to Zonza and camped the night there at a camp site in a pine forest.
After two fairly lazy days we got up early and headed from our campsite in Porto back up to the pass we had driven over yesterday (Col de Vergio 1467m). We left at 8 am and since we were on the West side of the island the sun took a while to pop up over the mountains, which was good. We took advantage of this and the first couple of hours of riding were very pleasant. The rode wound its way up beside the amazing looking canyon of red coloured rock until we lost view of it once we entered the pine forest that the road climbs through to the pass. After about 3 hours of enjoyable riding and an ice cream along the way we were there.
We locked the bikes at the pass and grabbed a bite to eat. Then we headed off for a little amble into the mountains. The mountains above the pass were a jumble of slabby rocks. Very impressive. We clambered around on them for a bit until we got to a good vantage point where we could admire the view back over to the lake near where we camped on Day 2. A wander back down to the bikes and then an almost 1500 m descent back down to our campsite at sea level in Porto.
Another hot day but very bearable due to our cunning leaving-early trick. Will have to try that one again.
Above left: We headed off back up the pass we had driven over the day before. Above right: These little pigs were looking for breakfast.
Above left: We rode back up the gorgeous gorge. Above right: Posing all the way.
Above left: We stopped in a small village on the way up for a bite to eat and an icecream. There we discovered this interesting stair case. Above middle: Two bikes and a door. Above right: This was the view back towards the town.
Above left: And here’s a particularly religious bit. Above right: We reached the pass and dumped our bikes and went for a bit of a stroll in the hills.
Above left: The hills were filled with funky rocks and we had a view back towards the lake near we had camped. Above right: Back at the camp site we went for a wander in the evening.
Above: And found a nice sunset and some rocks to scramble around.