2021 Rhaetian Alps

Rhaetian Alps; 2 + 3. stage

2nd stage:

Celerina – Bernina Pass (2330 m) – Tirano – Passo del Mortirolo (north driveway from Grósio, 1852m) – Passo – Aprica

The weather forecast was “from noon strong thunderstorms with southwest wind”. With a really strong headwind, it was just enough dry over the Bernina…

In Tirano I only took a short coffee break. I decided against the well-known steep way from Mazzo, ..with my touring bike (14kg) it seemed too hard for me. The ascent from Grósio is partly steep, but not permanent.

During the ascent there was constant heavy rain and equally strong wind, …it was hard! Once at the top, I put on dry and warm clothes … apparently it was worth packing the warm clothes! Including the winter gloves!

I’m really happy to be in my warm hotel room!

3rd stage:

Aprica – Edolo (675m) – Passo di Gavia (2618 m) – Bormio

Again the forecast is rainy

At the start at Aprica everything is still okay in terms of the weather …

…but towards Edolo and Ponte di Legno it was getting darker…

In Ponte di Legno I had to wait at least for 1 hour…

Fortunately the rain stopped for a short time, then it started to snow…

Again I was lucky; There was a nice, cozy, warm restaurant at the top of the pass. At lunch – pannini with cheese and ham + coffee and cake – all clothes were drying.

Unfortunately, the mix of rain and snow didn’t stop. So I moved on. I was lucky once again, on the descent it stopped snowing and raining, I arrived practically dry in Bormio.

What a day that was ..! The Passo di Gavia is a wonderful pass that I will never forget..!

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