Dead ends and more up and up and up

Mountain climbing again ..Hetty Hymer had to wear her boots today and use her first gear !!!
We decided to travel towards Firenze (Florence) but slowly to avoid the weekend crowds plus we need to find some free stopovers as we sort of bankrupted ourselves in Venice. Initially our thoughts where to head cross country towards the national park thinking the roads would not be too bad how wrong can one be… ending up in a nice village but the through road said no entry(we were about 3500 feet above sea level..on one track roads ..satnav has had a new name for a while ..Bl***y stupid is one prefix … so a 2km double back required then found a water main burst???at 3000 feet .. interesting ! Eventually a proper road was found …a bit of relief …a dual carriageway towards lunch at a possible sosta but wrong again BSSN (bl****y stupid nat nav )as it was not at the given co-ordinates so lunch was taken under the elevated dual carriageway … HE found a light fitting on Hetty falling off the wall (obviously the roads rougher than previously encountered so out with the screw driver)
Then followed the national park route …again steep AND windy but at least had a lane for each direction (where the road hadn’t collapsed that is). We passed compulsory snow chain signs plus a fine for not having them sign ..mmmm ..lucky we are out of snow season 😉 With lots of cyclists going up very impressive as it’s summit was 3500ft …lots of ear popping for us …heart popping for them ..Plus plenty of maniac motor bike wankers rushing to a hospital (we saw many bunches of flowers where presumably they kill themselves ).It was extremely interesting with lovely views but hard work with lots of low gear and steering wheel action both up and down the other side. We noted a few likely stops but too early to pull over :-((
Decided to shorten our destination to Bibbiena …did not locate the Sosta HE was knackered by now so pulled into a car park with a view over the valley towards tomorrow’s mountains 🙂 ?!


Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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