Day 4 on the road

Unfortunately I’m running behind with updates as I just can’t get Wifi. We’ve had very few stops, & those we had, had no connection.
But to continue where I left off-
We left Annecy & headed for Mont Blanc in pouring rain. You can’t detract from the stunning scenery , but when your head is in the clouds, literally, you can’t actually see much. The climb up the mountain is awesome. Waterfalls in full flow gushing down the walls, heavy with water after the torrential rains. The clouds swirl around so low, you feel you could touch them.
We had to join a queue to enter Mont Blanc tunnel. 41 euros for the privilege ! The view should have been stunning from the top, but we were shrouded in thick wet cloud.
20 mins later we entered. 12 km long, carved out of the rock, that is- the mountain. How did they DO it? What a feat of engineering ! Thousands of tons of rock above you. Scary thought.
The whole trip down & through The Alps is studded with tunnels. Like a rabbit warren of huge Hobbit homes cut into the grassy sides. You do in fact come out blinking like a rabbit in the headlights!
We kept hoping we would emerge from each one in sunlight, but not until we were well into Italy towards Turin did the weather improve. Had a bit of a misunderstanding with Mr Sat Nav, & made a detour that took some precious time , but gave us a tour of villages we would never have seen.
Quiet music wise today. Rick needed to concentrate , & I started to listen to The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard.
Had lunch by the road, & please don’t let the farmer in his tractor be damaged for life by the sight of me, well, you can guess!

We had been slower than expected & was 8.30 when we approached Rimini needing to stop before dark.
The first camp site Sat Nav found looked & sounded fine. Huge site, & only 2 places left. We were in no mood to trundle on.
Got everything set for the night then went for pizza ( what else?) & a look at the beach in the dark. Yes. sea, soft sand, & row after row after row of sunbeds set out with immaculate precision. Wouldn’t suit us, but the town itself needs more exploration.
The night, was Horrendous! Unaware, we were pitched just in front of a busy road , a train line, & an aeroplane taking off at 3 am felt as if it was coming through the fecking tent! AND my air bed deflated! We changed sides. By 5 am we’d had enough & decided to get the hell out it there.
More later. It gets better. .
Just one of many tunnels.




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