Lake Como Weirdness

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
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Trip End Dec 22, 2007


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Friday, August 3, 2007

Tuesday 24th July 2007.

The time had come to leave Switzerland and head to Italy, but to get there we had to cross the Alps. Our route took us through the Susten Pass, a road that winds up and back on itself until it reaches it's highest point at almost 2300 metres. When we left Lauterbrunnen it was 27 degrees. As we climbed to the road's summit the temperature slowly dropped lower and lower. Our dashboard thermometer read single figures for over an hour, bottoming out at 6 degrees. A new record!!! We couldn't see 30 feet in front of us due to thick fog, but occasionally it cleared to reveal snow....yep, snow, again, in the middle of summer. What the!!!

Within an hour things had changed dramatically. Our last obstacle before Italy was a tunnel, all 17km's of it. Driving in a 17 km tunnel is not my idea of fun. Boring, claustrophobic, carbon monoxidic (I may have just invented a word there) and hot. In fact, going from 6 degrees to 34 degrees in less than an hour was a first for us.
It's strange how international borders have strange effects on people. As soon as we were nearing the Italian border the driving became more intense. More cars, more trucks, many more mopeds, and the laws changed from strictly followed, to being more of a guide. The road quality dropped noticeably as well.

We headed to Lake Como as we'd heard some good reports. After lunching by the water, we eventually found a campground on the western shore. The water was great, but a bit cold for Mandy, again...she's such a sook. Our campsite was a strange one. We were tucked up this small alley between the permanent caravans where cars usually park. In fact almost all other tents were stuck in strange spots all through the grounds, next to caravans, in between motorhomes, right next to the toilets. There was also 15 toilets, but only 2 showers in the hole place. And they were both cold, as Mandy found out early the next morning.
Next, we head towards another lake...
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