Minotel Olivone & Posta
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... valley is enshrouded in cloud and the wind is tearing over the mountain top. So it's back down again into the sunshine.
We collect our gear from the hotel and ride the few hundred metres to Camping Nufenen, where we had intended to pitch camp last night until the weather intervened.
Now it is sunny and inviting. We check in and set up the tents. It's still ...
... put yourself in an upwards position by pulling on a rope and then wait to be pulled up back. And then I have to go on this little platform. I am still secured by a rope to the structure. From here on, I just look straight in front of me. I now understand why all the previous jumpers where doing this. My head is just empty. And then, it is my turn. I get attached the elastic to my feets and to my chest (for security). I then have to move forward, on this little tiny ...
... the building is the road we are on. It takes us about 30 minutes to get to it. It's called the Hotel Belvedere, and when we get to it it seems to be a natural stopping point. There's a small parking lot but it looks full, so I pull off to the side and wedge our car into a small space next to the hotel.
The hotel building is closed, but next to the parking lot is another building that houses a souvenir and snack shop. Grant and I go in to use the restroom. ...
... it's on the main drag, the entry is through a cafe. Ah, a room, two very hard beds, a shower. Finally, we can lay down and ... watch TV! But no English TV here so we watched movies in Italian.
We walked down the street looking for a cafe that was still open. We found one that looked like a mix of Italy and South Minneapolis. No one spoke English. We could say "spaghetti" and "bier" and that's what we got.
... east to take the Oberarl pass, or go south to take the Passo di Lucamagno and therefore go to the Italian part of Switzerland.
Our planning was to go south, so we rode downhill for 2 km before charging up the hill - slowly but steadily. Speed has no meaning when bicycle riding for a week across the Alps. If the price for getting there by muscle power means reducing speed - than you have to do ...