After a brief contour of the undulating foothills of Monte Baldo, we descend along a beautiful panoramic road to the shores of Lake Garda. As we head north, the lake shore becomes progressively narrower and more closed. Our gaze rests more and more on the wild and steep west coast. If we are lucky, the Ora wind (from the south) rests on our shoulders, making the ride on the busy SR249 more cheerful. If, on the other hand, the northerly Peler blows, it will be better to find a wheel-mate to alternate with. Having gained the head of the lake, we climb up to Nago with its jutting rock structures. We now descend along the beautiful valley of the former Lake Loppio (drained in 1956, and now a protected marshland area) to re-enter the Adige basin, with its endless orchards and vineyards.