Day 21. 100km. Merano – Trento

Posted: October 3, 2014 in Cycling, Italy
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Note: It is now possible to donate to Planet Green, of which Green Pedals is a project which I am supporting with my bike trip. See more here: https://greenpedalsforschools.wordpress.com/donate/

Why cycle along the valley when there are passes to climb? A day cycling the non-standard bike route along the Noce River with my new friend Alessandro from Trento. Oh. And I am now the proud owner of a lucky pig cloth for drying my sunglasses. 🙂

Adige Valley

Adige Valley

Note to self: Climbing 1200m is easier at higher altitudes where it is cooler.
I met Alessandro on the Italian cycling forum, and have received a very warm welcome at his and his wife’s house in Trento. ‘I see you like passes,’ he writes. ‘Well, how about the Gampenpass.’
I googled it. 1518m. Feeling pretty good about myself after scaling the Passo dello Stelvio, I arranged to meet Alessandro in the neighbouring valley to the Adige River. It was hot work.

Adige Valley

Adige Valley

Gampenpass

Gampenpass

All worth while. Here is my new lucky pig sunglass cleaning cloth.

Lucky pig sunglasses cloth

Lucky pig sunglasses cloth

Alessandro met me on the other side of the pass. The nice part about climbing 1200m, is that you then have that in the bank. This extra altitude was spend helping us along getting back to the Adige River. The Noce River is flanked with steep cliff faces, which were, unfortunately, never in the right place in the right conditions for being photographed. I had a go anyway.

Noce River

Noce River

Trento itself is what I really like about European cities. The city is alive with people living, restaurants, bars and things happening. I took some of the standard photos in the main city square before having a lovely evening with Alessandro and his wife Susan.

Trento

Trento

Me and Alessandro

Me and Alessandro

Comments
  1. Gilles says:

    Really enjoyable to read from your blog / journey 🙂 Continue to ride and report! 🙂 Cheers

  2. valerievolk says:

    Tell us more about the lucky pig’s cloth. Is it the cloth or the pig that’s lucky? Or you?

  3. Alessandro says:

    it was an honor to have Matthew stop by our house for the night. Fantastic person, Fantastic bike ride he is doing.

  4. Looks a great day, enjoying your updates too, good luck with the rest of your ride!

  5. Ronald says:

    Hoi Matthew, Je schiet al lekker op.
    Ik geniet elke dag weer van je blog.
    Veel fiets plezier in Italie

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