Olive Harvesting

Our daily morning walk leads us once again in the olive groves, this time even Alex joins us. Not without complaining that it’s in the middle of the night. Actually it’s just before 8 AM. The nets lie underneath the olive trees, ready for the harvesting. Far away we hear the sound of the vibrating machines which shake the olives from the trees.

Back in the vacation home, Rey seems to watch a horror movie on the laptop. Meanwhile Alex is cooking a yummie, nutritious breakfast.

The Ruins of Forte Rocca Liverna

Let’s go offroad! Todays trail starts in Menosio, another small village in the Ligurian mountains. The panoramic view of the surrounding hills and villages is gorgeous and overwhelming. We turn in to Via Poggi, a narrow road, not much wider than our Rubicon. Now we seriously hope not having to cross a Fiat Cinquecento (besides the Suzuki Jimny a very common car around here).
Fortunately it turns out we are the only ones on that road.

We find us a spot on the dirt road where we reduce the tire pressure to 15-17 psi. We drive slowly uphill towards our first goal, the ruins of Fort Rocca Liverna. The entrance is very narrow and gives insights to the many rooms of the fortress. As we find out, it was built at the end of the 19th century.

We take a break in the spacious inner yard of the fort. There we have a snack between ruins and a picnic table. That would be a wonderful place to camp with a roof tent! Alex finds himself a playground to test Gollums offroad capabilities to the fullest once again. Meanwhile the dogs go on their own adventures in the footsteps of warriors of the past.

Mount Nero

After our first picnic (yeah, we are kind of like Hobbits, always eating ;-)) we make our way to the next goal on our offroad trail. We have to drive all the way back from the fort to the crossing. There we turn in to another mountain road direction Monte Nero. The road doesn’t lead all the way to the top. Therefore we take a break on a platform. It’s a fantastic spot for our next picnic with a gorgeous panoramic view, even though very windy. A particularly peaceful place on earth. We eat some typical italian Panini (small breads) with Ajvar. The dogs would love to have some of that too, as you can see in the video below.

Snacktime with Mila & Rey

Rey & Mila would really love a piece of that Panini 😉 Watch the video below!
Back at the crossing, the road to our endpoint leads us downhill towards Conscente.

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Key data to the offroad Trail

Key data to the trail Menosio – Conscente:
Lenght: 16.26 km
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Height: 857 m a.s.l.
Average Speed: 10.4 km/h
Total Time in Motion: 1 h 33 min
Total Time on the Road: 2 h 29 min

Links to the gear we use:

Compressor: https://amzn.to/2SIKetz
Smittybilt Tire Deflator: https://amzn.to/2SIKGYN
Roadbook: https://amzn.to/2QAnEBD

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