D-9 (May 6) Bolzano to Kalterer See

Covered 15 miles with 800 ft climb, a few short stretches with sideway steps, but generally a nice day until the temperatures went up to 83 deg F (28 deg C). Leaving Bolzano, I saw hundreds of cyclists on the path—they were everywhere. The paths were a mix of everything and lots of forks in the forest, exactly where you don’t want to lose GPS , which I did for several miles—I nearly panicked (but there’s always plan B.

The town of Caltrer See is very small but big on tourists staying at any of the  10 or so hotels. And what do folks do who come to these small towns: they cycle or take walks.

A newcomer on the scene was the many vineyards and the baby bunches of grapes. I even took one break overlooking a vineyard. The one pic that looks like a vineyard is in fact a fruit orchard with trees planted every yard and its canopy very well managed. Another surprise was the appearance of the stations of the cross on the very path I was walking on—stations were every 75 ft or so. And, the big glass of wine at my destination hotel (Seeperle) at the Kalterer See was in keeping a promise to a Camino Friend, Gerhard Treiber; he asked me to have two glasses one for him and one for me, but I opted for the “BIG”one instead—ha, ha!


  1. Belle Cook — 05-07-2018 at 4:40 am


  2. Susanne & Peter — 05-07-2018 at 8:03 am

    We love the wines from South Tyrol! You should try some, especially Vernatsch, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer.
    Enjoy your time and take care of yourself. All the best

  3. Marla keesee — 05-08-2018 at 6:01 am

    You are such a trooper. Love the countryside- so tranquil. Looks like you are in heart of wine country.

  4. Ilse von Roon — 05-27-2018 at 8:19 pm

    I finally logged on, thank you for the wonderful pictures and stories. One can almost be there, it is like traveling with you hiding in your Rucksack. Amazing journey, you are so much braver than most, bravo. Happy trails, stay well, hugs Ilse