In Avegno, a bridge crosses the busy main street. The old centre of Avegno features cobblestone streets and squares with wonderful rustic properties and frescoes. A pleasant smell of barbecues wafts through the air from the grotti (the local rural restaurants) to the edge of the village. However, it’s still too soon for a break. Cross back over the street to avoid the tunnel and you arrive in the next village, which is called Gordevio. Now you enter the woods, which provide some welcome shade from warm weather and the ground makes a pleasant change from asphalt. As soon as you arrive at the edge of the woods, a strong but familiar scent will greet you – wild garlic, which thrives in this setting. If you're feeling energetic, you can get off your bike and do a few laps of the vitaparcours. As the woods thin out, the sun returns. You are now in Maggia on a brief upward gradient leading to San Maurizio church at the top of a hill. In the background is the “Cascata del Salto” waterfall thundering into a huge basin.