We breakfasted on the Villa Guilia terrace right on the Lake in the best weather since we had arrived. We tore
ourselves away and hit the road at 10:15 and set off along the lake up to Garda Del Riva and then continued another 25/30 miles on smaller roads towards the motorway at Trento. Whilst we are heading home Garmisch is pretty much due north of Lake Garda, so it is a roundabout route but we are in search of beauty and so headed for the mountains.
Initially we were driving past vineyards, lemon groves and whatever it is called where olives are grown. It was
a lovely drive and it continued on the motorway. There was a lot of traffic at times but it generally moved pretty well and there was not a single miles where the view was less than spectacular. According to my calculations the drive should have taken 3 ½ hours but we were in the car for 5, with just one stop for petrol and a very sharp comfort stop.
If there is another two hundred motorway drive in Europe which is comparable I would like to hear about it; then drive it. I did this drive three years ago with my son when the weather was pretty grotty, this time it was quite brilliant.
Our hotel room has a bit of a smell about it, not a good one, but I am actually too tired to complain. I am struggling to make an internet connection too. But the view from the window/balcony is lovely and I have a five course dinner on my room rate, of which I was unaware. So we will make do with the pong. No, it was all too much, we moved room....internet connection still rubbish, so I am posting this from the wireless connection in the lobby; it really is not good enough. But all is sweet smelling now, at least.
Miles at the end of day: 58,007 (we did 17 miles around Gargnano yesterday)
Distance covered: 189 miles, 302 KM
Highlight of the day: Every single one of the 189 miles covered.
Lowlight of the day: The Zugspitz pong
Petrol in Italy is still outrageously expensive at 1.95 EUR a litre, I thought I only needed a top up but I spent 135
Will try and add some of Susan's excellent "on the road" photos tomorrow.