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Hairpins and Dolomites

July 24th/ Trun - Misurina : 454 km

Weather is pretty cold this morning, but I feel that the rest of the day will be too hot. We go through the valleys this morning, enjoying these cools temperatures. First climbing is Julierpass, with a still quite desert road.

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It leads to Saint Moritz, famous olympic city (sure !!), and then we go towards Italy. We rise on Berninapass, with unbelieveable views...oooooh !!

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Vue du Berninapass

The road is crossing a railway, giving this original swiss view.

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train et montagne..

On top of Berninapass is a lake, with that typical altitude lakes colour.

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Sommet du Berninapass

And we enter Italy. Lunch break, we go down to Bormio through Foscagno pass, before climbing the breathtaking Stelvio pass and trying to reach its 2757 m summit, top of our trip and second pass in Europe after Iseran.

Sensitive people, be careful (and heavy bikes too !! )

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Le vetigineux Stelviopass

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Le vetigineux Stelviopass

And of course landscapes at the top look desert.

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Sommet du Stelviopass (2757 m)

Downhill is as tight as uphill. Special thanks to the cat who nearly went under my bike, but who had the good idea to do a U-turn 20 cm from the fairing.

Then we have to do with a long, hot and traffic jamed valley crossing to reach Bolzano. We say a little hello to Otzy, ice man, and we go towards Dolomites and their uniques limestones cliffs, just like these ones which are over Val Gardena.

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One small picture !

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 Pause photo

Weather is stormy, and the typical light gives an additionnal mysterious look at the peaks of the area.

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Falaise Dolomitique

Here we are just above Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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Hauteurs de Cortina d'Ampezzo

Now it's time to set up the camp, so we stop near a lake, just under one of these famous 'Dolomitics' cliffs.

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Camping italien