Beautiful Lago di Como
Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
38Trip End Jul 18, 2009
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We passed through the town of Torino and stopped to fill up with gas while Connie took pictures of this magnificent statue atop a church. Unfortunately the gas station was an unmanned type that only took cash through an interesting looking kiosk and we were only able to use our credit card, so our search for fuel continued
We made our way past Milan and towards the Lake Como area, the mountains appeared very suddenly across the plain and before we knew it, we were at their feet. As we got closer we could see dark clouds and lightning in the very area we would be travelling to and we stopped just in time to take shelter in a gas station in Lecco at the southern end of Lake Como before the heavens opened up. Rain came down in sheets and there was thunder and lightning all around us. It blew by very quickly and even though most had passed within 15 minutes, we donned our rain suits just in case. We got back on the bikes to finish off the last 55km of our ride to the north end of Lake Como where we would be camping for the next two days. It turned out that 95% of the next 40km would be through tunnels that run under the mountains that border the lake and we made good time blasting through the tunnels at 140kph.
As we came in and out of the tunnels we were treated with the magnificent sights of the mountains of the Italian Alps. Once out of the tunnels, we found our campsite quickly and none to soon again as a light rain started up once again. We managed to get our tent set up quickly and the rain didn’t last long so nothing got very wet. The rain clouds and thunder and lightning swirled around us for the next hour or so and finally cleared up revealing the mountains beyond.