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TDM2014: Day3, Dolomites and our first objective accomplished

today’s diet of passes consists of:
passo duran: 1605m
passo zoldo: 1430m
(keep in mind that today we are starting from much lower altitudes – 250-400m)

after a good nights’ sleep we wake up refreshed and are pleasantly surprised by the view from our room:

first thing we saw early morning

first thing we saw early morning

this promises to be a very nice day indeed! (naysayers: finally getting it? πŸ™‚ )

we start our trip today with full batteries and can roll and recuperate at 98%-100% most of the first 30 kms. our route takes us away from the big roads and from little village to little village.

one lane road diet - mjam! our favourite

one lane road diet – mjam! our favourite

around us the towering dolomites and an extremely blue sky. picture perfect vistas.

multiple layers of mountains

multiple layers of mountains

we then climb towards passo duran – a fairly unknown but interesting pass – with 15-18% inclines.

straight and steep: passo duran

straight and steep: passo duran

passo duran: 15% is steep!

passo duran: 15% is steep!

at the top of passo duran, we stop at a very nice little place that offers us a coffee and chat about the TWIKE whilst warming up a little.

this being our last pass – we muse about how we really got used to going around corners with TW560 and how nice it would be to go straight for a change.

beautiful day, jc concentrating

beautiful day, jc concentrating

just imagine the amount of water coming down this river in spring

just imagine the amount of water coming down this river in spring

after that we slowly follow a river towards the end of the dolomites which then give way to the flatlands of northern italy.

looking back at the first hills of the dolomites

looking back at the first hills of the dolomites

and with no special point we could discern, suddenly everything was flat and no hills were to be seen.

hairpin bend antidote 1

hairpin bend antidote 1

hairpin bend antidote 2

hairpin bend antidote 2

TW560 then was in dire need of some electrons – we decided to stop at a car repair shop where our keen eyes had identified some red tri-phase cee plugs. within just 2 minutes we were charging and answering the usual questions about the twike.

happy chatting and charging

happy chatting and charging

we are really happy to both speak italian fluently! the people here are (as nearly everywhere) very, very friendly and helpful.

non-paved roads in italy - looks like india!

non-paved roads in italy – looks like india!

we then – by chance – entered a village and were absolutely amazed about the village centre – have a look for yourself!

villa manin - this days' surprise

villa manin – this days’ surprise

otherwise we stick to our usual system of small roads with little traffic and are rewarded with a very relaxing drive.

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nearly there - the northernmost point awaits us in just 1km

nearly there – the northernmost point awaits us in just 1km

then we reach our first goal of this year’s trip: the northernmost point of the mediterranean sea!

this is a good moment for a photo-opp; a bystander is quickly drafted to take some pictures.

at the northernmost point of the mediterranean

at the northernmost point of the mediterranean

and because the sun is perfect, why not shoot some pics of TW560 just on its own?

could be a TWIKE ad

could be a TWIKE ad

…never looked better πŸ™‚

just before trieste, we have to charge again just to be sure to have some juice should we need to drive some kms more to our hotel (we haven’t booked anything yet for the night)

a camping site offers us to let us in and charge for “free” if we buy some drinks at the camping site bar. we certainly don’t have a problem with this proposal!

i want them all!

i want them all!

interestingly enough, even though the fuses were rated at 6A we could happily get 10A from each outlet – better not ask why!

we settle in for about 40 mins and take in the view of the coastline.

our vista during the charge

our vista during the charge

trieste coast line

trieste coast line

after charging we drive towards trieste – traffic is extremely civilized and very courteous towards us in the TWIKE.

driving along the coast towards triest

driving along the coast towards triest

we enter the city and drive around for a while whilst stirring up quite some interest. were we here a little earlier and less tired, we would set up the TWIKE in a central square and would easily spend the afternoon speaking to a crowd of interested people!

our hotel for the night is slightly outside trieste along the coast. we therefore decide that we will drive around istria counter-clockwise and see the coast before the interior.

the view from my balcony was stunning – check it out!

trieste harbour as seen from my hotel room balcony

trieste harbour as seen from my hotel room balcony

after taking in the view – we went out to an osteria and ordered some local specialities – jc meat, for me frutti di mare: mjam!

good food - sea food - soul food

good food – sea food – soul food

another very nice day on TDM2014 – we’re looking forward to our mini TDI(stria)2014 tomorrow! πŸ™‚