Monte Baldo

Today is Sunday. Sunday is long run day. I was up early, stepped out the door to be greeted by a storm blowing in, I am now back in bed, in full running kit waiting for it to pass. Time to blog instead.

My guide book to Lake Garda says don’t do the cable car up Monte Baldo in July and August as too busy. Now that’s all very well to say that but when you are in the area in those months you have little choice. So to beat the crowds we were up early, caught the 8.11 bus up to Malcesine and managed to get on the second cable car with very little waiting.

The cable car is quite big and holds 80 people, half way up you get off this one and go on another, this one rotates 360 degrees till you arrive at the top.

To the right of the photo you can just make out the top of the ride

Our transport

On arrival we were met with low cloud and cool breeze and as none of us were dressed for that we retreated inside and prayed for the sun to come out. Fortunately upstairs we discovered an exhibition on the Olympics which although it was not very large, was very interesting and more importantly in English!

As we stepped outside, we were greeted by sunshine and the sound of cow bells. Beautiful. The views as you would expect were amazing of the lake and surrounding area. Many cyclists were at the top with plenty of routes for them to choose from. We opted to walk along the ridge to the end to get a view of the north end of the lake.

For those braver than us you could paraglide off the side and we spent sometime watching this, it must be an amazing experience but I’m not sure one for me!

The queue of people waiting to catch the cable car when we got to the bottom made it worth the early rise, looked like at least a two hour wait.

We headed in to town for lunch. Malcesine is beautiful, full of cobbled streets, little alleyways and views of the lake.

Now the temperature was in the thirties, so too much wandering was sadly out of the question, the dip in the pool when we got back to the hotel was most welcome!

Now the sky has cleared, the storm has passed time for me to get my trainers on and got for a shorter than planned run!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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4 Responses to Monte Baldo

  1. Wish we could trade weather. I have rest day and the sun is shining. Would be much easier for both of us lol. Great pictures 🙂

  2. mawil1 says:

    Beautiful. I’ve never been there, but it looks to be worth the early morning!

  3. CeeJayKay says:

    gosh that is high… not sure my stomach could stand the ride! mind you thats a PROPPER cable car… not the rickety s*** I’ve witnessed elsewhere! WHAT VIEWS! wow… and the cobbled town… *waaaaiiiiiiil* i can just smell the Lavazza and Biscotti!!!
    hey, 3 miles is 3 miles! hats off to you getting that in, on holiday!

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