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BICYCLE TOUR: EUROTOUR 2008

FLAVIO BASSI'S ON-BOARD DIARY

DAY 4

DATE: 07:08:2008
START: PRATO ALLO STELVIO
FINISH: RIED
LENGTH: 68 KM
DIFFICULTY GRADE: A3
Top of the Alps!
After Prato allo Stelvio, Glorenza is a nice ancient town. It announces the steep rise which will carry us till the Resia Pass, the highest point of all the ride. Strong rise, but not too much long. When a nice blue lake arrives, Resia Pass and Italian-Austrian limit are close.
On the top there is a second lake (Resia Lake) which is wide, panoramic and touristic. Right place for a stop, eating all you can find and reconstituting energy.
Entering Austria, a surprise: we look for the Inn Cycle Path, but here road-signs are not so good. We lose the way immediately, and find ourselves in a sort of motorway full of tunnels and fast cars. Steep descent, high speed, and unpleasant risks. From here you need absolutely a clear map, if you like to find and follow the Inn Cycle Path.
Night accomodation in a standard camping, neat and provided but with no swimming-pool :(
Little cherry on the cake, sky becomes grey as soon as we enter Austria. That grey never let us down for all the following days of the ride, and will change our concept of summer. Fortunately, with some (pale) sunny exceptions.
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