Sunday, 21 September 2014


Well.  Italy, what can I say...
Petrol jumped by 30 euro cents a to around $2.50 Oz a litre. The road condition dropped alarmingly and all the drivers became crazy.

Everything you've ever hear about driving in this place is true.  It's nuts. Really nuts.  And the road condition is complete crap. Patches on patches and potholes everywhere.  And that's the main roads!

Oh... and the trucks... did I mention them... no?  Well let's just not go there.

Anyway, enough of that. We made our way to the town of Vicenza where we avoided a massive downpour by about 5 minutes and found a really nice hotel.  But not before stumbling on the most amazing little mountain pass between Robereto and Schio. 50 kms of windy twisty snake along a massive canyon that you couldn't even look down without getting vertigo. Just amazing.  Towards the end we found another of those suicidal German winnebago's with no idea how to use low gear down a mountain. Seriously, we could smell this guys brakes 5kms before we saw him, and he still had about 10 minutes of 9:1 descent to go! No idea if he made it down under control or his brakes just melted and he bounced over one of those hairpins to his doom.

But enough of that.  And enough of the roads.  Today we completed the last 50ks to Venice and found the Camping Village Jolly (yes seriously) about 5 ks short of Venice, and checked in for 2 nights.  A quick exploration this afternoon, and another downpour which we didn't avoid, resulted in the pics below.  Tomorrow we'll be spending the whole day there.  That's the plan anyway.  So hopefully lots more pics and a story or 2.

Till then....

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