Part 1 – the way to Gradisca d’Isonzo

The trip to the 34th International Offroad gathering in the beautiful city of Gradisca d’Isonzo does not have to be boring.

We set off two days before the start of the event. Best weather and fantastic mountain passes on- and off-road are waiting for us.
We headed out with beautiful sunshine and made our way towards the mountains.

Shortly before the Predil pass is the old mining village Raibl situated. After passing Lago del Predil it goes in only a few steep hairpin bends on the narrow road to the top of the pass. Arriving at 1156m there is still some snow at the roadside and a breathtaking view in front of us.

From the Predil down through a few small towns our next destination is mount Stol. The way over the Stol leads us from north to south on a very coarse gravel forest road further towards our destination. On such roads I sometimes wish in my 41 year old Jeep, that I had a silky soft suspension like the X-Ant trailer does.
At the top of mount Stol we were rewarded with a breathtaking view.
And everything that goes up….

…. must also go down again.
In the case of mount Stol this means to tackle some narrow serpentines with steep drops. However the trailer had no problem at all. Only once we had to reverse to get arround the switchback.

After the challenge of mount Stol our way leads us along the old border ridge road along the border between Slovenia and Italy. Along the route there are numerous memorials and sites of the 1st World War. If you keep your eyes open, you can discover the remains of the war everywhere scattered along the way and some of them can be explored as well.

The old border crossing from Slovenia into Italy.

The rest of the way to our campsite was idyllic and we headed off towards sunset. After an exciting day on the road we prepared dinner in the kitchen of the camping trailer.
Thanks to the unique suspension, nothing was broken on the partly very rough track – but the real endurance test for the offroad camping trailer is still to come….
Look forward to the next post when we show you the final sprint to Gradisca and impressions from the day of the event.

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