The GLR 45
The GLR 45 explores the plains north to Venetia. Cross the border from Italy into Slovenia and explore the best of both countries. Go on an adventure with this 145km off-road adventure route. Don’t wait and adventurise this GLR!
The GLR 45
|Aviano - Čepovan||145km|
|26.4km off-road||April / September|
The GLR 45 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 145 kilometers through the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Northern Italy and the Nova Gorica province of Slovenia. 26.4 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 6 different sections. With a total of 5 connecting GLRs to this GLR 45, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 45 is a Novice route and can be ridden by any adventure rider. More information about the GLR Route Gradings System.
At the foot of the Julian Prealps to the north and the plains of the Po valley to the south, lies the city of Aviano. It’s here where you’re going to embark on an adventure to the east. The GLR 45 will lead you for over 145 kilometers to the east, towards the Slovenian village of Čepovan.
From your departure in Aviano, you’re going to follow the direction of San Martino Di Campagna. With the hills in the background, you’re now on your way to explore the plains to the south. The SR251 is the road across the Celina river you need to follow. Depending on the time of year, the riverbed will be looking like an oasis for every Adventuriser. Please be patient because your time will come!
Back on the SR464, you’ll need to travel for about 11 kilometers to the east. It’s here where your first off-road challenge will begin. The off-road section leads you over the dried riverbed. Depending on the time of year, this will be doable. If the river Meduna is still flowing, please use the Back-up Track section 1 to circumnavigate this section.
After about 8 kilometers on the off-road trail, the Back-up Track and GLR 45 will join up again. Follow the SP73 to the east. The bridge across the river Tagliamento will be the sign that the next off-road section will be up ahead. This section explores the complex network of agricultural roads of the region.
Just south-east of Udine, you’re going to follow the SP 5 to cross the border into Slovenia. Eventually, after the border crossing, it’s still a 21-kilometer ride to your destination at Čepovan. From here, there will be three different routes to explore the beautiful country of Slovenia to the fullest. Please see the connections section below.
The Friuli Venezia Giulia region is situated in the North East of Italy. As its name may suggest otherwise, Venice is not located in this region. Italian, German, and Italian are spoken in the region. Besides its rich Italian cuisine and history, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is famous for its wide variety of landscapes. From the plains to the south, to the Prealps and Carnic, and the Julian Alps to the North.
I hope this sounds like music for us as Adventurisers. With 42% of the total area described as mountainous and 19% as hilly, it may sound obvious that the majority of the GLRs are located to the North. As a natural consequence, the climate in the North is designated as Alpine. This means that temperatures may vary widely between the different seasons.
While exploring the region, it’s good to know a lot of the Alpine landscapes are protected Natural Reserves. If you’re merely looking for the long gravel roads, I would suggest taking the southernmost routes.
The Goriška region is situated to the west of Slovenia bordering Italy. The name Goriška is an adjective referring to the city of Gorizia in Italy. The Region stretches from the Julian Alps in the North and follows the Soča River down south up to Nova Gorica and the Karst Plateau. It encompasses several municipalities like Tolmin and Nova Gorica which the GLRs explore.
The region’s climate is influenced by the variety of reliefs like the Julian Alps and the Adriatic sea. The Goriška region has a continental climate with great differences between summer and winter. Near the coastal areas, a more Mediterranean climate gets overhand. While up north to the Soča Valley, the climate starts to shift towards a more Alpine-influenced one. Goriška is best Adventurised from late spring up until early autumn.
Besides the region’s natural beauty, the Goriška region has a rich history as well. Dating back to the early 600 and its first Slavic Settlements, up to modern history and the disintegration of Yugoslavia. If you love history and visiting important landmarks, you’re going to enjoy the Goriška region!
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Connections in Aviano
At the western border of the province of Friuli Venezia Giulia three GLRs come together in the village of Aviano. It’s here where you can continue your GLR 45 motorcycle adventure in two different directions.
To the west, the GLR 40 leads you through the Pre-Alps of the Veneto province. With 225 kilometers of adventurous roads, this is a great route to explore during spring and autumn. This adventure route ends at Arsiè.
Or choose the GLR 41 to the north. This 189-kilometer route explores the border region between the provinces of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. With 23 kilometers of off-road sections, this is a great route to add to your adventure in the Italian Dolomites.
Connections in Čepovan
Just across the border between Italy and Slovenia, at the town of Čepovan, four adventure routes come together. Therefore, at the end of your GLR 45 adventure, you’re able to continue your journey with three different routes.
Take the GLR 44 up north. This adventure route explores the border region between Italy and Slovenia and ends in Austria. This 160-kilometer adventure route is a great addition to your adventure through the mountainous North-Easter part of Italy.
To the east, the GLR 47 leads you for almost 90 kilometers through the famous forests of Slovenia. With an off-road ratio of 73%, this is a great route for the adventurisers amongst us. The GLR 47 ends at Ivanje Selo. Be aware, this route traverses over mostly off-road sections and is therefore subject to regular changes in grade.
Or take the GLR 48 to the south. This 361-kilometer route guides you over the Istrian peninsula through the north of Croatia. With a total of 113-kilometers of off-road sections, this is one of the GLR highlights in the region. During summer, this route can be extremely hot. This GLR is best-ridden during late spring.
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