Our last morning in Cortina we awaken to a beautiful blue sky, which unfortunately didn't last long. Mountain weather!!
The first option that day was to ride up a 8.7 mile mostly gravel bike path to the top of the pass, or take the bus. I, along with several other women, decided the easy out of taking the bus. It was the right decision for me, as we had barely gotten to the top when the heavens opened.
However while waiting at the hotel for our ride, I snapped a shot of this beautiful old heater in the lobby. which fortunately for us was now only used for decoration.
Thinking that I might get some gorgeous mountain view from the top of the pass, I was disappointed as the weather changed.
The mountains tops were cloaked in clouds.
However we were fortunate to have the van as shelter from the rain and a small cafe for coffee as we awaited the wet bedraggled bikers.
The ride down the other side of the pass, "Passo di Cimabanche", offered new scenery, and a change of the signs which were now in both German and Italian, as German is the first language there.
At the bottom was the Dolomite Nature Park with a view of the "Tre Cime di Lavaredo", the best known mountain group in the Alps.
In the Val Pusteria Valley we cycled along the Rienza River where I saw this man trying his luck.
Arriving at San Candido for lunch we locked our bikes by an old church wall and explored the town by foot. This home certainly showed the Austrian/German influence.
As did this beautiful church.
We enjoyed lunch at a friendly restaurant, and sampled the best Tiramisu I have ever tasted, presented with pride by the owner.
After Lunch, we continued on to Monguelfo where we met the van,
And had our bikes loaded for the ride to our next hotel - an easy day for me.