There are plenty of homemade (and cheap) products to eat at mealtimes so take a risk and taste all those new food and drinks (responsibly!). If you spot an “Alimentari” sign (grocery shop), ypiu can ask for some “panini” (sandwiches) and get a meal for few coins. Remember that you may find other people enjoying nature as you do and animals wandering around in THEIR environment. Respect others, Nature and yourself.
The TET will bring you from the peaks of the Alps to the Ligurian Sea. On the route you will find the history, food and booze that makes Italy famous worldwide. The trail leads you through pastures in the shadows of the Carnic Alps. Then the contrast between the green fields and the white stone of the Dolomites announces that you have reached one of the best places to ride and enjoy your bike. If you have enough time, don’t miss all the passes around here – Campolongo, Sella, Gardena, Giovo, Giaus – places where the tarmac is always in pristine condition and the views are astounding.
The surroundings then change completely – the trail is approaching the Prealps and its lakes. If you suffer from Saturday Night Fever then check out a disco or night club close to the beache. Otherwise keep on following the TET and stay away from the mess and the masses!
The descent to the flatness of the lowlands introduces yet another landscape – one that might look boring at first when compared to the ups and downs of the mountains. Quite the opposite for those of us who hunt for untarred roads! Here one can ride and get very dirty, grimy and mucky. Lots of fun!
Take a rest in a quiet town and enjoy your Polenta because you’re now approaching the Valhalla of offroading heroes. Starting from Susa, you’ll feel the love and care of passionate people dedicating their lives to making you feel at home and enjoy your ride. Things have changed in the past few years and the local authorities are investing a lot of money to attract riders from all around Europe.
Rocky roads head to old military fortifications and to the top of the mountains, so keep your camera handy and enjoy the breathtaking panoramas.
In the final leg your nose will sense that something is changing: the road’s getting closer to the sea and the air is becoming “salty”. Among the maritime pine trees, on a clear day, you’ll view the Mediterranean Sea.