Four Greeks invade the Dolomites and Grossglockner!
The whole idea was to do as much passes as possible on the Dolomites.
However, the weather had a different oppinion, so while we were in the middle of the Dolomites, and the rain was not about to stop any time soon, we decided to move north and pay a visit to the Grossglockner...
This is the diary.
- Day 0 (July 29, 2005): Athens to Patras, to take that familiar Minoan Lines ferry to Ancona... (235km)
- Day 1 (July 30, 2005): Ancona to Salo, Lago di Garda. (365km)
- Day 2 (July 31, 2005): Salo to Trento, via Passo Croce Domini, Edolo, Passo di Tonale. Rain after Edolo, almost all the way to Trento. (285km).
- Day 3 (August 1, 2005): Trento to San Cassiano. We took the long route, doing Passo Giovo, Passo Pennes Val Gardena and Passo Gardena on the way there. (295km). Oh... No rain on this day!
- Day 4 (August 2, 2005): San Cassiano to Dobbiaco. The quite long way as well: Passo Valparola, Passo Falzarego, Passo Pordoi, Passo di Fedaia, Passo Giau (rain), Cortina, Dobbiaco. (130km, approx).
- Day 5 (August 3, 2005): Dobbiaco to Taxenbach. We visited Grossglockner, via Lienz and Heilingenblut. Exactly on the glacier rain started and then it was a dream (scary?!) ride in the rain and clouds! More rain on the descend north. (161km).
- Day 6 (August 4, 2005): Taxenbach to Tovena. The longest ride and the most tiring. Bad Gastein (rain), the train through Tauernschleuse, (more rain, outside the train and the tunnel!), Lienz, Nassfeldpass, Tolmezzo, the exciting SS51 to Belluno, then Autostrada to Vittorio Veneto. (369km).
- Day 7 (August 5, 2005): Tovena to Venezia. (120km).We do the Passo san Boldo, then Autostrada to Venezia.
- Day 8 (August 6, 2005): Igoumenitsa to Athens. Via Ioannina, Metsovo, Katara Pass (rain!), Meteora, Karditsa, Trikala (more rain!), Levadia, Athens (even more rain!) (590km).
The maps of our trip. Captures from MApsource CN v.7.0.