Our Italian lessons did not teach us a word for today, so I looked it up. Percorso caprino – goat path.
Yesterday, we laughed at all of the signs of tornate – today we would have welcomed the warning. The Gavia Pass MAY have been 8 feet wide and in that 8 feet fit cars, motorcycles, bicycles and delivery trucks. Kevin said it was a once in a lifetime experience – emphasis on once. There was more traffic on this road than we could have imagined. Negotiating an hour’s worth of unmarked tornate with a 14% grade and oncoming traffic in your lane, if you can call it that, made for an interesting experience.
Since this is a motorcycle ride report, I can tell you we rode our motorcycle to a fantastic lunch in Bormio at Vecchia Combo. After the morning ride, wine was in order, so I had one of the local favorites. 🙂 We shared Sciatt – the first time we’ve seen that on a menu. This dish was a bit of white cheese, covered in a light buckwheat flour batter and fried and served with a perfectly oil/vinegar dressed salad. What you ended up with was a beautifully pillowy nugget of goodness that just oozed when you cut it, but it held it’s shape! The vinegar on the salad cut the richness well and made for a perfect way to start our meal. For our meal, we had a short ribs and sausage with cheesy polenta. The rich pan juice from the ribs with the polenta – I’ll probably dream about. This by far was the best non-pasta meal we’ve had. We rode our motorcycle away after we finished lunch. 😉
After lunch, we tooled around Switzerland for a bit and beat the rain back to Bormio. Different from our first pass into Switzerland, we knew we were entering it, but not that there was a sign or anything. On the way into Italy, there were border agents stopping cars and bigger vehicles. We were acknowledged for the first time at a border, but waived through.
The rain Gods were good to us today and we hope they keep shining on us – literally!
More good news on the administrative front – internet still blows. So, when we get home, you might to get to experience 30 more days of tales, pictures and videos!