Highest Point: 1365m
|from Tolmelzo (~310m)
|from Paluzza (602m)
|from Timau (816m)
|from Koetschach-Mauthen (700m)
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This pass through the Carniche alps is a main road
connection between Austria and Italy. Even though the road
is drawn in red on the map, traffic is relatively light and
good cycling conditions exist.
From South. Leaving behind Paluzza the road
seems to head towards a wall. If it is getting late in the day
during a self supported tour, it may worth to consider that
between Paluzza and the pass there are only one or two more
hotels in Timau, and that's all (or at least it was the
sutuation during spring/09).. There are no private rooms along
the route, which are so common on the Austrian side. Once above
Timau, you get a glimpse of the various tunnels and switchbacks
above, located between two mountains that look like two large
coins stuck in the ground. You can only see a few of the
switchbacks. When the wheels reach the switchbacks, it becomes
clear that three of them are actually inside short tunnels, one
of them inside a gallery. As you exit the last short tunnel, the
road below seems stacked on top of itself four times. Near the
top, the road turns right and the passes between the two large
From North. (described downwards). Italians and
Austrians used to shoot at one another across these mountains at
the beginning of the century. The border post buildings still
stand, but they are unmanned. On the Austrian side stands a
large wind turbine, apparently harvesting the wind coming from
Italy. You catch a glimpse of it and immediately enter a very
long tunnel. When you emerge the scene has changed completely.
The mountains behind now look juast as imposing as they did from
Timau on the other side and 800 meters lower. A few switchbacks
- a bridge or two, and the road enters another tunnel.
Koetchach-Mauthen has two supermarkets, including a Lidl, which
have a much larger selection of goods than on the Italian side.
a day on a tour:
(<Forcella di Lius
Timau > Ploeckenpass > west up the
Lesachtal in Austria > up towards Kartischer Sattel as far
as Obertillach: 39 miles with 5400ft of climbing in 4:4hours.
Notes: This includes time to get a room, which this time took
no time at all (VDO MC1.0 m4:9.6.18).
starting from the end location of this day,
Obertiliach, is on page: Tiliacher
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