Missed our tour for today

Trip Start Sep 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 11, 2007

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thursday - Well we found out today that our motorcycle gear that we sent FedEx to Erding Germany is still in customs in Frankfort.  We were supposed to go on a tour to Elba island today but missed it so we can try get documents to customs.  It does not sound very hopeful that they will get our gear to our hotel in time for the motorcycle ride on Monday.  We may have to find a local motorcycle shop and buy new gear.  This really sucks. 

We spent all morning on the phone with people in Italy, Germany and Austria dealing with the customs issue and I am sure we have run up a huge telephone bill.  We have done all we can on this matter and decided to go into San Vincenzo for lunch.  Travel by bus is a hit and miss program, and timely operation is only a wish in Italy.  The bus eventually showed up and off we went into town.  I do think we could have gotten there quicker if we had walked, but I'm not sure our feet were up to the trek.  Once in town, we found a great little restaurant by the ocean built our over the water.  It was really quite pleasant and relaxing, and the food was fantastic.  We walked around town for a while after lunch and finally caught the bus back to the resort.  Dinner back at the resort was also great as usual and very entertaining with a few other couples from the US and Canada that were dining there as well.  Two of the people were also from Minnesota, so that was like old home week. 

Tomorrow we go to Florence and see what is there.  Our hotel in right down town near the train station which will be nice for Sat morning since we catch the train for Munich Germany (and get taken to the cleaners for all new gear assuming we can find some - otherwise I will be at the Oktoberfest tents for two weeks!!!)
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