Beautiful Lago di Como

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Jul 18, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

We arose to the bustling city noises of Genova and started our packing to make our way to Lake Como. We took an opportunity to take some photos from the balcony of our room before checking out and departing.  Once again the traffic was horrendous and we ended up jumping onto the Autoroute to get out of Genova.  The highway took us quickly through the hills in tunnels.  Once we were safely outside the city, we diverted to the local roads and made our way on the winding roads through the rest of the low mountains into the plains beyond.  Once we got onto the flat plains, the heat began to rise once more to the point of stifling, even at highway speed.  We had to stop often to drink and fill up the water bags we carried.

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.  It seemed that every station we came to used the same system and it wasn't until 30km later that we found one that had a human working in it.  None too soon as we were getting down to fumes.

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.
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hazurass on

It's amazing that I can follow your experiences!
Good reading each night, lovely photos and capture of moments... Continued godspeed to you both.

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