This shall be a pictorial post as the drive from Italy to Austria was stunning (even if it did take 10 hours).
We left a rainy Italy and got on the road just after 1pm, Grantie driving and myself as navigator... Grantie said let's have an adventure!
So off we went. The first pass we went up was the Stelvio! As we drove up we thought and perhaps someone could clarify if it is the one that was on Top Gear. We laughed when they counted the hairpins!
Our journey began with the above and went on a bit like this ...
We went through some great tunnels both square ones and circle ones ...
Hope you can see where the road is... The able piccie is near the top of the Stelvio pass. The below is as we got to the snow line.
Then at the top we had to stop as the bus's engine needed to cool off! So the for of us jumped out and did a bit of picture taking, souvenir shopping and had a hot chocolate. We even got snowed on! I don't think any of us were expecting it to be as cold as it was, you could see your own breathe.
I think the top of Stelvio is 2784m whatever it was it was pretty high, absolutely stunning drive and we got to appreciate it even more as we rarely got above 20mph. We saw some people skiing at the top as well!!
After the Stelvio pass we drove through Merano and then went up the next pass this one a little smaller a 2000m ish. I can't remember the exact name of the pass by we drove through San Leonardo and dropped into Vipiteno. Where we stopped for dinner at a pizzeria, although still in Italy the place spoke German/Austrian. So it was a quick change of language for us to then think of German words. More stunning pictures ok the drive down to Vipiteno though...
Then we finally got onto a slightly faster road, went past Innsbruck and did the Brenner pass.
We eventually got to Lofer at 11.30pm ish.
An amazing drive and one I shall remember for a while to come.
Today I am sat in the sun writing this with the hills around me. It is a rest day for me today, but I hve no doubt I shall wander to the river very shortly and see it in daylight rather than nightlight. Then tomorrow I hope to get back in the boat and get the body back up and running!