Like a woven piece of cloth, the secondary road I was travelling along, the E55 motorway, the River Fella, and the now disused railway line - criss-cross each other along the same route, almost all the way to Tolmezzo. Despite the blustery headwind, the gently downhill valley carriageway provided a leisurely introduction to the two weeks of Italian roads ahead of me. Hardly needing to look at my map and with most of the traffic preferring the faster motorway, I could afford to relax and just enjoy my surroundings. All that was needed was to effortlessly turn the pedals.
|The E55 over the River Fella and the disused railway line |
come cycling path.
Roz and I met for lunch at the quiet village of Chiusaforte. Once the railway station and proudly wearing its moniker on the awning out the front, the historic building we lunched in had been imaginatively refurbished into a small eatery. We were informed by our very neighbourly hosts that the railway line through the valley had ceased operating in 1995 and eventually replaced with a bicycle footpath. Entering the ‘station’ for the first time, with its bitumen cycle track extending into the distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that nothing had changed. You half-expected a train to pull in to the station at any minute.
Tomorrow, of course, would be another day; Monte Zoncolan beckoned. I could hear my mate Lore’s words reverberating in my ears: “But you know there’s three ways up Zoncolan”. Unfortunately, I did!
Books by Mark Krieger:
‘High Spain Drifter’ is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Booktopia and other online bookstores.
‘Lycra, Lattes and the Long Way Round’ is available on Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books
Both books are also available at local bookshops on the Mornington Peninsula: @ Rosebud Bookbarn and @ La Brocante
“Racing machines, the cyclist is a man half made of flesh and half of steel, that only our century of science and iron could have spawned.”