Italy: a different cookie

Italy: a different cookie

If you’d ask us what makes bicycle touring so great, our answer would be: freedom. Since we live in an overcrowded country, which can be oppressive, we constantly search for remote areas while bicycle touring. To really experience that happy shiver down our spines as we feel totally free surrounded by vast landscapes. Not another soul in sight. Does Italy have the answer to our desire?

Maybe, but not on this trip. πŸ˜‰ So, lesson learned, next time it’s offroad again or far less crowded places! I don’t want to sound dissappointed, but in one hour I have seen (and heard) more Porsches, Ferraris and noisy motorbikes than during a car fair! Cycling in this part of the world is a ‘different cookie!’

Cycling in Italy

Unknown pass coming from Slovenia

But, despite our experience, we did find that feeling of freedom. Freedom in moving at our own pace, sleeping in our own tiny home, the sun shining, raindrops falling and the wind blowing. The beautiful and rugged Dolomites and an unknown narrow road climbing to an unknown pass. And unknown means not a lot of traffic! As soon as we reach the pass a steep and hairpinned descend through forested area follows. We pass Tolmezzo and cycle towards the Dolomites, where I’ve been before, but these peaks still amaze me. It was back in 2010, when my friend Chantal and I decided to go hiking here for a couple of days. With backpacks we hiked from one mountain hut to another, seeing Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen) up close and personal. Now, as we ride passed these three beautiful peaks it’s raining and they are hiding behind the clouds. The weather is bleak, but the Dolomites are still well worth to visit.

Bicycle touring in Italy

As soon as we have reached the pass a smooth off road bicycle path brings us all the way down to the valley and the moment we turn left, we leave the rocky peaks behind us to be replaced by smooth rolling hills.

Cycling the Dolomites

Cycling in Italy
Cycling in Italy

Our plan was to ride up Jaufenpass and Timmelsjoch Pass before returning to Innsbruck where we have to catch the train back to the Netherlands. But, as always, plans change! This time because we lack time… but, we don’t want to leave without riding up a proper Alp pass, so we decide to ride up and down the Jauffenpass just for the fun of it. Really? Really! Who’s idea was that? Yep, Ellen’s… Really? Really!
We leave most of our stuff at the camp site in Vipiteno and armed with a down jacket, rain gear and cameras we start the 15 kilometer ride up to gain almost 1200 meters.

Clouds are rolling in from the West and temperature drops as we get higher and higher. At about 2000 meter a few snow flocks drop. I’m having fun riding up! Really? Really! Climbing without all our stuff is so much easier, wow! Too bad all those ‘Ich habe ein kleines Schwanz’ Porsche, BMW’s etc. riders with fat bellies, barbie chicks and obvious toupets (sorry, but almost all German and sorry, but yes, I am stereotyping) think they are on a racing circuit… Nonetheless, nobody spoils my amazing ride up in speeding time! At the top we treat ourselves to a cappuccino and a huge piece of pie. Yes, the view is great and yes, next year we’ll definately be riding somewhere remote again!

Cycling the Jauffenpass

Cycling the Jauffenpass
Cycling the Jauffenpass

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World cyclists Elmar and Ellen. Born in the Netherlands and cycling the world since 2004.

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trien

Mooi mooi mooi!

Martin

oooooh, jongens dit is echt weer een ‘plaatje’ zo mooi. Despite all (bleeding…:p) Ferraris….nice nice, awesome photography as usual…Dank weer voor delen. Inspiratie zo op een dienblaadje.

Dirk

Zoals gewoonlijk weer fantastisch mooie beelden.

dirk

weeral knappe foto’s hebben jullie nog eens de juiste richtlijnen omjullie fotoboek van de amercica’s te bestellen grtjes Dirk

Pa en ma

Wa T weer een mooi verhaal,en prachtige foto,s.
Genieten en herbeleven.

Marco Rorai

Fantastisch die bergen! Dat jullie zo laat in het seizoen het nog aandurfden. Overigens vinden mijn zoon Michel en ik de PyreneeΓ«n mooier en rustiger.

Paul vanPeenen

Mooi zeg. Maar waar zijn al die autos?

John Metcalfe

Hi guys
Next time try Central Italy – Le Marche and Abbruzo. It’s like a different country to northern Italy. Try the Sibbilini National Park. We lived there for a year and it’s stunning. Don’t think I saw one Porche. Just 4×4 Fiat pandas (the old ones that cost about €5000.
As usual blown away with your photography.

john

Jan van pelt

Goedeavond Ellen En Elmar wat heb je weer een mooi verhaal gemaakt en ook de foto’s zijn zeer mooi . dat ene dorp wat je noemde Tolmezzo daar heeft ik veel wezen laden daar had je vroeger een papier fabriek van daar dat ik weet waar je langs bent gereden . gr Jan

Nick

Great photos! Thanks for the inspirational blog post.

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