Well what started off to be another brilliant trip to the Dolomites ended up a bit of a disaster.
We had a fabulous trip across France through the Black Forest into Switzerland .Down the Stelvio again & after three days & over a thousand miles ended up at our hotel at the top of Pass Podoi 2950m up.
The hotel was fine about thirty hair pins to reach it & all seemed well.We thought we'd have a day walking & taking it easy Tuesday then it started hailing etc & the temperature was below freezing.
However Wednesday seemed a little brighter so we headed to Cortina thinking it would be warmer it was bloody freezing.Anyways heading back over the pass back from Cortina to Araba it started snowing even more heavily still not too worried we over took a bus then snow was across the road an inch or so thick .Next minute bang crash wallop we're on our arses & as I lay there I here the scraping of the bike sliding down the road.Luckily we were doing about 10 mph
Anyways picks ourselves up Caroline helps me pick it up can't keep it up right fall arse over head with the bike again. Eventually park it up & the bus driver comes & asks us if we want a ride with his coach party to the nearest town.
We gratefullly accept & Caroline then decides to tell me she thinks her arm is broken. I ask the driver to take us to Araba where hopefully he will phone for an ambulance etc God bless him he arranged every thing seeing as we only speek English poorly lol. Ambulance arrives Police arrive apparently they've been looking for us after somebody either reported it or saw the bike .They then transfer us to another ambulance solely because he spoke English . He took us the hours drive to Hospital x-rayed & then plastered her arm another guy comes in in a wheel chair asks if we're with the parked up GS apparrently we went past him as he was just up he then saw us come off he had a badly broken leg poor sod.
Luckily the Police suggested having the bike transported back down to the garage about a 40 km round trip the driver waited for us at the hospital & two hours later returned us to the garage where the bike was waiting.€60 so well pleased with that & the driver took Caroline back to our hotel.
Fortunately her arm didn't give her too much pain I offered to use our extra medical insurance to hopefully get her flown home but she'd have none of it bless her.
Thursday Friday we read a little walked a little then Saturday decided to try to get home.I booked a hotel at Haguenau then set the Sat Nav to fastest route 450 miles via Insbruck Stuttgart way etc we set off at 8-30 arrived at 4-30 .To tell you I was dreading it was an understatement but Caroline was a star. I had to dress her put her hat on put her on the bike first then me slide on .We had a longer trip the next day & made it home for tea Sunday .
Final thoughts touring is fabulous when everything goes well. When something like this happens you realize just how far you are away from home.Don't ride with out your passport or European Health Card because everybody wanted to see them
However saying all that when you are pretty desperate people do seem to come to your rescue.
Sorry such a long tail
As you can see by the pictures when it's sunny it's fabtastic when the weather turns it's not so funny.