11.05.2010 - 27.05.2010
Well what can i say, the last fortnight has been a mixture of the good, the bad and the downright minging. Done the tourist thing in Rome and a bit of shopping all very straightforward. Then it f**king hammered down for 8 days solid i was right for Carleton Clinic. Mans rain as well, when you have to put your waterproofs on to go to the bog you've got problems. Dunno who was gonna kill who 1st, we were very much thinking of making Dignitas in Switzerland our next stop. Even when we got wrapped up and went for a walk to relieve the intense boredom it turns out my waterproof walking shoes aren't f**king waterproof - aaaaarggh. Drove halfway up a mountain to our next site as it promised stunning panoramic views. Honestly i would have got the same view sticking my head in a bag of cotton wool.
Spent 18 hours in the van and decided enough was enough and drove up to Lake Garda where just as Italy was about to get 10 out of 10 for shitness the sun came up. And stayed up for 6 full days (excluding night of course wise weathers). Site was great and we had an ace time. Flew back to extremely sunny Carlisle for Bren and Donna's big day and had an excellent (if drunken) weekend. Back to Italy on the Monday nigh on halucinating, hotel 1 night then up into Switzerland the next day. Lovely weather there also and i also managed to get Faye on a decent walk up the mountainside. It did however nearly finish her off there were a few moments when i thought i was gonna lose her, heed like Sir Alex and breathing like an 80 year old with an 80 a day habit. Some awesome views up there though.
Woke up today and normal service had been resumed, lagging down and miserable so we decided to miss out a few sites and drive for a bit longer. Drove into Austria over an Alpine pass or two where it was snowing heavily at 1 point, very surreal experience. Now near Innsbruck and trying to decide what to do after Europe which judging by our finances (which we checked for the 1st time today) will be f**k all! CG