30 Lunatics experience the 2020 Dolomite Lui Tour | FEATURE
The last 30kms taking in the Cimabache Pass had better/wider roads and the tuned Luis soon stomped off into the mountainous distance. The mix of winding, Alpine roads dotted with short straights was a perfect hunting ground for the more powerful machines in our group.
Late night shenanigans
Once back at the hotel, there was barely time for yet another aperitif before we rode up en-masse to a nearby restaurant, the Malga Peziè de Parù, nestling in a nearby valley. The dinner was amazing, consisting entirely of local delicacies, amply washed down with local wine. An ‘interesting’ nocturnal return ride was followed by overrunning the hotel bar, where we finished the night off in the small hours, much to the annoyance of the hotel staff who were wanting to head for bed.
The end is nigh
Sunday and the final day of the Tour. The 147km route would take in just one alpine Pass, as we headed back to TV Scooter Garage in Nervesa. The route took us into the Belluno area for lunch, once again offered by the LC Friuli, who incredibly, managed to aesthetically top the previous day’s pitstops by setting up their mobile catering corp alongside the Blue Lake at Torre di San Floriano. Seeing as they all seemingly arrived by scooter, I still can’t work out how they got all the food and drink there…
With the sun scorching, us laid out on the grass by the crystal clear lake and snow-capped mountains providing the backdrop, no-one was in a mad rush to leave. It was as if we all realised that the 2nd edition of the Tour was about to conclude and reality sank in that it would be another year before we’d be able to sample more of the same. Eventually, small groups headed off, up and over the Cibiana Pass, taking in another aperitif at the Baita Deona for good measure, past the infamous Vajont Dam, before we finally dropped back down in altitude to enter Nervesa at 5 pm.
The area outside the shop was heaving with people, with wives, girlfriends and kids everywhere, enjoying yet another huge (free) buffet, all welcoming us back as if we’d returned from some sort of mega-adventure.
The 2nd ‘Lui Dolomite Experience Tour’ was a resounding success. Everything ran like clockwork and the organisers did themselves proud. As did the participants. The only problem I can foresee with the next edition is that they’d be hard pushed to organise for more than 30 people and I already know of a lot of people who intend to partake! And all with good reason.
Words: Dean Orton – Speedball Publishing
Photos: Mihaela Dicianu
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