Thursday, June 14, 2012

Europe Day 17: The Drive Through The Alps

People ask us all the time why we do these kinds of vacations, and by that I mean driving from place to place.
This is what I tell them;
in Canada everything is at least a 2 to 4 hr drive away and by that I mean the States, or London, hrs, or places like Ottawa, 4 hrs, or Montreal, 6 hrs. To get out of the province we live in, it will take you 24 hrs to drive. So driving 4 or 5 hrs a day in Europe is nothing, especially at the speeds you are legally allowed to go. In 4 or 5 hrs we could be in 2 or 3 different countries.
And the other reason is, we love a good road trip. Getting there for us is all part of the adventure. The car allows us the freedom to go where we want, when we want. We start with a rough itinerary and go from there. Where we end up at the end of the day is entirely up to us.
That being said ...
 ... the drive from Torino in Italy, to Interlaken in Switzerland was quite the adventure.
To begin with, our 2 GPS's couldn't agree on which route to take, and when my wife tried to cross reference it with our map book things didn't add up. So we rolled the dice and went with the cars GPS.

Everything went smoothly to Simplon Kulm Pass ...

... but as soon as we got into the valley below and the town of Ried-Brig, our GPS systems began to give us problems.

There was a section that the car's GPS wanted to take us through that we couldn't find on the map, and our hand held GPS told us our next stretch of road was through some sort of tunnel, it looked like a tunnel in the map book, but there were no roads going into it or out of it, the highway just sort of ends where the tunnel begins and begins again where the tunnel ends. Asking for directions didn't help, so we decided to keep going with the car's GPS directions.

Turns out it was a tunnel ... a train tunnel!

This was one of those days where the journey was the adventure.

This will definitely go down as a top 10 drive of a lifetime.

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