I breach the Brenner Pass (Chow Austria, Bonjourno Italy) – It’s all downhill from here!

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.

First port of call for the day

First port of call for the day

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They have such cool fire stations here

They have such cool fire stations here

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Stopped here for a coffee and smoko nice place you can smoke in the shop. I like!

Stopped here for a coffee and smoko nice place you can smoke in the shop. I like!

Almost at the border now!

Almost at the border now!

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That's the autobahn on the elevate roadway

That’s the autobahn on the elevate roadway

hmm maybe some tension in this part of the world

hmm maybe some tension in this part of the world

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Made it. Literally all that is here is a Gas Station, 2 lap dancing clubs and a Casino type place

Made it. Literally all that is here is a Gas Station, 2 lap dancing clubs and a Casino type place

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Was in Brenner for less than 10 minutes!

Was in Brenner for less than 10 minutes!

Bye Austria I love you

Bye Austria I love you

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.

No idea what this is but if anyone does know feel free to write in!

No idea what this is but if anyone does know feel free to write in!

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man that water is so clear!

man that water is so clear!

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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!

Where I came from

Where I came from

Where I am going

Where I am going

They grow there insects big around here. This is the size of a normal matchstick

They grow there insects big around here. This is the size of a normal matchstick

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Choo Choo

Choo Choo

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Drying out my tent after last nights wild camping

Drying out my tent after last nights wild camping

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Ossuary in Colle Isarco Basically the bodies of dead Italians and others from WWI used as a political statement by the Facists between the wars.

Ossuary in Colle Isarco
Basically the bodies of dead Italians and others from WWI used as a political statement by the Facists between the wars.

The text hopefully you can read it.

The text hopefully you can read it.

And off I travelled down the hill to beddington

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Luckily I got to Sterzing / Vipiteno early enough to get to the tourist office!

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AND IT RAINED AND RAINED AND RAINED

AND IT RAINED AND RAINED AND RAINED

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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!

Eva and Bernhard

Eva and Bernhard

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