So I got to Wolf and NO camping so I finally got to wild camp in Austria. I am colour blind and they use red signs for guest houses and camp sites on the green background so it possible I just saw it wrong.
I picked a really crappy place to camp right across from a factory but you take your opportunities where you find them in this game, so I was up early to get packed up and out of there before someone complained to the cops or something. I did not take photo’s as I was far to busy fighting off the slugs! Packing up in double quick time I headed for Italy.
I think Brenner is the smallest place I have ever been too. And so I hit country number 7 on this thing I do!
So I get in to ‘Italy’ been practising my Italian for a day or so when I stop, and I go to a café to get a coffee. Asking in my finest Italian he replies in Austrian they don’t speak Italian this far up the mountain well not as the main language its confused me completely.
Also there are certain stereotypes about people in the world and Italy is portrayed in the stereo typing in that nothing works, so first place I actually went into was the Brennaro Train station just to see how much it would cost to Milan and guess then ticket machine DIDN’T WORK!
Another confusing thing at first is every town has an Italian name and an Austrian name and as you come down the pass they switch which is at the top and which is at the bottom.
So Italy has some well marked cycle routes and as I was kind of flying blind anyway I decided to follow them to see where they ended up, as they use old railways lines the SS12 (Brenner Pass in Italy) basically follows the same route and it’s safer and easier on cycle routes than roads!
And off I travelled down the hill to beddington
Luckily I got to Sterzing / Vipiteno early enough to get to the tourist office!
The rather nice lady in the Tourist office has pointed me to camping gilfenklamm a couple of km out of Spetzing at Casateia on the way the heavens opened up, I managed to get my water proofs on before I got to wet and got to the camp and pitched up they fair pack you in though, but it’s cheap and the internet was free (although I didn’t use it). I had a nice hot shower got 3 beers from the local shop with the intention of cooking having a beer and getting online. Then the storms really started to I said sod this and went to the attached restaurant were I met a lovely German couple call Eva and Bernhard who were walking across the peaks of the alps (lightweight) from Munich to Vienna (I think) and we sat and had a few beers together relating stories of our journeys so far, then we went back to the site and finished off the beers I had bought and I did not touch the internet once! I think I may be weening myself off it!