The driving day!
Despite our driving expeditions across the excellent road trip roads of the Beara Peninsular in Ireland, J made so many turns today he said he probably changed gears more in one day than he had in the whole rest of the time he’d been driving! It was a beautifully hot day as we left our amazing hotel and enjoyed the view we had missed from arriving in the dark the night before. We drove towards what Top Gear claimed was the best driving road in the world: the passo dello Stelvio as we made our way across northern Italy and the Dolomites.
J was really looking forward to putting the MG through the corners and accelerating out of the bends. I was not so keen on this or the engine noise at high revs and low gear and on the side of a mountain this was a bit too much for me and I may have got a little emotional. J kindly drove to my taste but in any case, the pass was pretty dangerous with motorbikes overtaking in crazy places and driving in the middle of the road on corners, bicycles everywhere and the Italians who you will literally always find driving on your side of the road. So although the views were lovely, I’m not sure that on a regular day, when Top Gear haven’t had the road closed for filming, that this is the best driving road when you’re having to avoid all the crazy traffic.
It was also a bit of a shock to find out how slowly you move on a map when you have to negotiate the mountains. Getting to the passo dello Stelvio represented a couple of centimetres on the map but it took us close to 2 hours to go up and down. We had planned to stop off in Bolzano for lunch but it didn’t look great and when you’re in the Dolomites you should picnic in the mountains!
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