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A picture tells a thousand words. But, a picture doesn’t capture the sound. I experienced the roar of cars and motorbikes for hours, to the beautiful backdrop of Lake Garda. I have been spoiled with the silence and tranquility of my trip up to now. Busy roads will be the norm, and often without the beautiful vistas and cute towns as a backdrop.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Alessandro accompanied me along the Adige River today to the Bicigrill – a kind of cafe for cyclists. There were lots of people there, mostly in their slick lycra outfits and bikes that weigh less than a feather. Drahtesel was a bit clunky in comparison. Also, my sandals without click pedals were not the norm. It was nice to sit down for a drink and enjoy the weather, and be amongst cyclists.

Bicigrill

Bicigrill

Bicigrill

Bicigrill

Lake Garda was in haze today. The brain builds up an image from the eye darting around the panorama, piecing together small subelements in the scenery. All the while, the eye adjusts to the light conditions, making an image that looks good to the brain, even if it doesn’t make for a good photo. I tried my best to take some nice photos, but the lake ones were less than optimal.

On the way to Lake Garda

On the way to Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Windsurfing on Lake Garda

Windsurfing on Lake Garda

A bike is not a car. Nor is it a pedestrian. Cycling along bike/footpaths brings one past lovely little villages with cute bridges and cafes. It also means one hardly moves forward. Cycling along roads is noisy. That is really all one notices, even though there is a nice backdrop.
Here are some noise free photos of the lake and the cute little villages.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Thank you Alessandro again. This evening I am staying with him and his family in an apartment on the Garda Sea. He was planning to be here and invited me along. Great!!


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