One of those Days
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
71Trip End Jul 10, 2011
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Being on the Autostrada, it is not so easy to get off to so you can put on your wet weather gear. By the time we found an exit we were wet through. We pulled into a servo and parked right near the front door because it was under cover. We then pulled out the wet weather gear and suited up.
This tall, young, good looking Italian guy came out and wanted badly to talk to us even though he knew less English than we did Italian, Obviously he was struck by the good looks of the Pommie-Ducati. He produced soft paper so we could wipe down our helmets and also clean the rear vision mirrors of the P-D. Then, as we struggled into our wet weather gear, the young guy came out with a bowl of lollies and offered some welcomed sustenance. His name was Pietro, and as a reward for his kindness Greg gave him a Qld Police Service cloth badge.
He was estatic with this small gift and shook Greg's hand with genuine affection. We then remounted and continued our journey, gladened that there are still some nice people left in the world that show strangers a tiny piece of kindness and then receive an unexpected surprise in return.
After about 15 minutes we took an incorrect exit off the autostrada which literally lead us up the garden path. By now we were both cold and wet and at the end of our tether. We back tracked from our detour up the garden path and fortunately found our selves right out the front of the Cristal Hotel, Avellino.
It was 11.00 am and we had travelled all of 35 km so we decided to cut our loses and check in, dry off and generally catch up with the blog, read emails, do internet banking and lay in a warm bed and watch the rain come down. For those non-biker readers, you must thoroughly dry out your wet gear asap because if not it smells (real bad) and rots!
Funny thing was when we went into the Hotel we thought the counter guy told us we couldn't check in until 12 noon. No worries, OK by us, we'll unpack the P-D, wipe her down,
At 12 noon right on the dot the counter guy told us the RESTAURANT was now open for business. Bugger! He thought we wanted a bloody meal when what we really wanted was a room! Anyway, well fed later, we were given our room and laid out all our gear to dry.