Wow,wow,wow!!!!! I need to begin with that! I left Aquileia this morning about 10-ish and started driving toward the mountains. Wow,wow,wow! To the right...Slovenia 30 km, straight ahead...Austria 69.5 km. I turned left toward Cortina. Italy that is.
So here we go. Went through a town that was a Roman fortress called Palmanova. The town was originally shaped like a star. I had to pass through two city gates to get through. Both were one lane with a stop light to allow traffic to pass both ways. That was quite amazing. I suppose to the people here it is quite normal.
Then I started into the mountains in earnest. Imagine the narrowest windiest road you've ever driven on ( think Powder Mountain for Utahns). Now multiply the narrowness by two and the windiness by two and you have the road I drove on for three hours. But AAahhh the views. Imagine Oregon coast times the Tetons on steroids.
I got to Cortina and I'm camping at Camping Olympia. Got the tent set up and went back into town to find the tram that goes up the mountain. I figured I'd go take it tomorrow if I missed the last one today which I figured I would. The town square is quite lively and I walked around a bit. Then I finally found the tram and guess what...today was the last day the tram was running and I missed the last one! Bummer!!!!
The front of this church had a mural, but this is all that's left.
Couldn't pass up this hotel with all the bright flowers.
So I came back to the campground and I'm having pizza to console myself. Tasty! Haven't eaten this much gluten in a long time. We'll see how it goes. I may be fat and bald by the end of next week. :)
A couple of observations...the forest is hemlock, pine, and alder. Imagine that... it smells a lot like Ketchikan here. It is quite humid too, and threatening rain so I feel right at home! Love!!