Now that´s snow!
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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So this all began at about eight AM. By eleven thirty the plan was to buy a new alternator, wait for the mechanic to arrive at twelve so he could help fit it, buy some extra spare parts and be on the road again
Michi and Ernstl, two people who's opinions are very trust worthy, had recommended we stay away from the mountains in winter, but Harry thought it would be fine to go that way and very beautiful. So we decided to skip Vienna and go straight to Graz over the mountains. It was very beautiful; it was probably the most enjoyable sitting-in-a-sidecar I've done so far. A lot of the way we were travelling along the Enns river as it twisted through the tortuously steep valleys. I love when you drive through mountains -- from one angle it looks like the only way out is straight up and over but then as you move into another position, you are led into new valley to follow. We climbed higher and higher and it got colder and started to snow a little. We went higher still and there started to be thick fresh snow on the ground and coating the trees.
We were already quite high, almost at the top and by now it was dark when we came upon the thickest snow we have seen yet. We tried to power on up through the snow but we started spinning the wheel and only moving a metre a minute
Again I was starting to feel grumpy and disappointed we would not be making it to our planned destination. I was thinking how stupid it was to be stuck again in the cold and snow; Felix thought it was great fun. We walked around a bit and played in the snow, then started to cook dinner. I started to see the lighter side of being where we were, I was like 'hang on, this is like playing explorers and building cubbies and there is real snow and mountains'. I cooked a very good hot potato salad for dinner. I boiled chopped potatoes, then mixed in some mustard sauce, some dill and chives, some thick milk, some butter and some sliced salami. I still totally surprise myself when I make something that tastes good when camping, even when I have cooked plenty of good things before -- I expect it to turn out bad for some reason. Now it was fun again. We cleaned the dishes and got into bed and fell asleep snug as a bug in a rug with church bells chiming through the mountains and snow still falling thickly around us.
Ah, how nice...
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