Passo di Mortirolo

A good way to have a hard day. A good way crush your quads. The Passo Mortirolo!

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A mostly straight and slightly inclined run out to Grosio. A right hand turn a “Lucky Bar” and the hardest ride of my life begins. I didn’t know that they even made roads like this herunterladen. I didn’t have a clue what I was in for when I started.

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Long smooth sweeping. This was the harder but proper way to achieve the mount. If for no other reason because descending the steep face would have been a nightmare of cramping hands and burning brakes. On the far slope I practically let her go. Overtaking cars which move to the side so I may continue my flight.

Small towns perched on the walls of the chasm like birds nests full of multi-colored eggs. The narrow road clings uncertainly, tentatively threading the pockets of civilization. A challenge to gravity, and gravity always wins in the end.

The sun is setting, I am just barely pulling through Aprica. My body empty, doing what it can to move the bike down the road.

I look back along my route. The rays of the sun are nearing perpendicular; the faces of the buildings in the distance achieve their full potential. Beaming bright cheerful colors. A final explosion in defiance of the approaching night.



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