Stelvio Passo - what should have been

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Rezia Hotel

Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday 22.04.2011 - we rolled into Sondalo and quickly found our hotel. You could hardly miss it! It clung to the side of a mountain and overlooked the small village of Sondalo. Great. Greg hates heights!

Nevertheless, we booked in and then parked the P-D in the garage underneath. The driveway was a side alley down the side of the mountain with a 90 degree turn at the bottom. Clean undies for Greg after that one.

We found 7 German bikes parked there and later spoke with the owners and found they were away for the 4 day Easter long weekend.

One guy rode a 1999 Honda Goldwing; it was his sole transport, summer and winter in Germany. Greg asked him wasn't it too cold to ride a bike in Germany in winter - his reply, after touching his left temple with his left index finger, "It's all in the mind". Bloody cold mind!

We walked DOWN to the village and were so buggered that we wanted a taxi back - no taxis in town, so it was hoof it home!

Saturday 23.04.2011 - the big day - ride Stelvio Passo - or so we thought. We had been in Italy for 2 weeks and only one day of rain. The rest - clear, blue skys with sunny, warm days. With this in mind we set off towards Bormio, a town 20 km shy of Stelvio Passo. On the way in we were treated to two fine tunnels; the first 2700m long and the second 7 kay (yes 7,000 metres) long. We pulled in to Bormio and immediately hit a traffic jam. In the middle of the road were two Carabinieri (state police that dress like Nazi SS officers) directly traffic. Above them, on a big sign was "Stelvio Passo chiuso al traffico" - you can guess the meaning. Stelvio was closed! Bugger!

We decided to ride to Tirano, a town about 40 km away and spent the rest of the day 'veggying'. We walked around, had lunch and gave the P-D a bath making her nice and clean.

On return to the 'house on the hill' (our hotel), did a google search and found webcam showing Stelvio Passo under snow! It turned out it hadn't been opened at all from winter! We shoulda done our homework! 
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