4 - 8 May 2017

From Trento, I rode 230k north up the valley past Bolzano to Merano and from there west to Zernez in Switzerland. Until Glorenza 12k from the Swiss border, it was mostly a small gradual incline riding up along the river. The first day was overcast with constant showers (sometimes a drizzle and sometimes heavy rain) while the second day was beautiful and sunny providing stunning views of the valley, river and snow-capped mountains. I had considered doing a detour up Stelvio Pass, but the low-lying snow and potential bad weather changed my mind, which turned out to be the right decision. In more bad weather, I climbed over the Ofenpass at 2,149m with lots of snow lying next to the road. I had hoped it would be a long gradual 6-7% incline, but instead it was flat/downhill and many double-digit steep stretches. In Zernez, people told me it would be bad weather for another 2-3 days, so not long after I found a good camp spot for layover -no point biking in this weather without views, when I was early to reach my friends in Biel.

Until the Swiss border, I mostly rode the bike path. Going though towns, I often lost it because of poor sign posting but following the river, I eventually always reconnected with it. It was nice to be off the road riding up along the river through endless fruit plantations and cosy small towns/villages. The bike path was quite busy - many locals but also lots of foreigners particularly elderly Germans either couples or tour groups. As I progressed, more stretches became gravel, so I eventually went back on the main road. With 9k to the border, I made the big mistake going back on the bike path. It was marked as paved and good in the beginning, but soon it was gravel/stony and very steep preventing traction, so I had to walk the bike 4-5k up a 15-20% incline.

Camping was difficult since everything was private and often signposted "No camping" - I'm sure the locals are tired of cyclists wild camping especially in the busy summer months. So it took some time, but I managed to find some nice spots in forests.

Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I had a lot of bad wea...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
It was a rainy morning...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I left at 9 and rode t...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I tried staying on the...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
The showers continued ...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Another day with stron...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
The path was quite bus...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
A few kilometres befor...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
In Bolzano, I rode wes...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
In Merano, another hug...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
After Merano, I climbe...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Looking back down at M...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I looked for camping b...
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Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Such a huge difference...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Up along the river. ri...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
... and cosy villages....
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
The path bagan changin...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I enjoyed the riding i...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
The gravel stretches b...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I considered doing a d...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Riding through Glorenz...
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Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
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Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
A sign the other way s...
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At the border, they to...
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In small town Santa Ma...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I didn't take this too...
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My Swiss friends had t...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Immigration had told m...
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Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Again it wasn't a grad...
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It was a tough climb e...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Looking back down....
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
The rain stopped befor...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
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Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I had hoped it would b...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
I reached Zernez at 13...
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I rode towards St. Mor...
Trento to Zernez, Switzerland
My home for a couple o...
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