Dordona Pass: discovering Lombardy by motorbike, among asphalted Alpine Passes, dirt roads or dirt paths for maxi enduro and duals.
The Dordona pass can be reached via a dirt road that connects the town of Foppolo (BG) (Val Brembana) with the characteristic village of Fusine (SO), in Valtellina.
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The road, if you start from Fusine, is an escalation of difficulty: you enter a forest where a road with asphalt and tight bends uphill welcomes you, and then continues gently. If traveled with the right respect, it also takes away some great satisfactions. The forest is a treasure chest, surprises and special encounters: I was able to see my first fox live. It was a great feeling.
We get to the simple dirt road that climbs gently through the woods. This is where I recommend that you stop and lower the tire pressure to 1.5 bar, as the dirt road must be donewith well-adhered tires. To make the route more fun we think of artificial water drains, nothing difficult, but still to be ridden with the right technique and caution. A fantastic panorama welcomes you at the refuge, a fair reward for the effort faced. After an excellent coffee at high altitude, another three kilometers of ascent await us to get to the actual pass.
From the pass you descend towards Foppolo, or as I say, towards hell, as the road becomes a real 4 km stony ground that doesn’t let you breathe for a moment. My bike is objectively heavy for this track, I don’t have enough experience and I’m alone: the fatigue is really great, the anxiety doesn’t help, the distant goal is beating directly on the helmet in a barren environment. Surfing the net, I discovered that it is actually better to go up from Foppolo. I confirm! About 5 km from Foppolo there is a petrol station where you can bring the tire pressure back to the right value.
The pass is paid, I have not seen any signs that specify it, but in Fusine there is a bar that issues these permits for three euros.
I leave and go to Val Taleggio: a paradise for us motorcyclists, as the soft curves and mild temperatures make you savor the very meaning of being a motorcyclist. After the peak of San Pietro I go down towards Val Sassina, and then head home.