9 September '05, Friday
Last night the rain stopped just before we all had to put pontoons on our vehicles. It did rain, but then again, it was surprising just how fast most of the water soaked into the ground. When the "coast looked clear", we all kind of poked our heads out to see just how long this lull might last. It had possiblities, so Bob and Mary gathered OB, Kris, and us over to enjoy a glass of wine and some great eats. A little while into the evening and we had 2 couples from Great Britain join us. We all had a good time...just ask those who were there how they felt this morning. One thing the we did do this morning was to gather everything together, pack up, and move on down the road. Bob and Mary were headed towards Spain, OB and Kris were heading to Italy like us. The rock slide over the roadway to Italy has traffic still deverted around it for at least a couple of towns. I know for us, we were delayed for over 2 hours before we broke free. We decided to take the coast road from Monaco to our turn off to Torino. We followed the coast to Imperia before we turned north. This small road was a kick, or should I say a twist...one after another and we were climbing a 11% grade up and beyond the cloud cover. The coast ride was as always just beautiful. The water was mostly that green/blue, but with all the rain we have had, there was a lot of mud that had flowed down into it in a number or areas making it a light brown. When we got into the mountains, they were covered with the darkest green leaved trees we have seen. It was dense and it was beautiful. It seemed like we were following a canyon all the way, because of the steep road and hillsides around us. Like we saw on our first trip through Italy, the Italians build tunnels...boy do they have tunnels !!! By the time we found a campground, my butt was getting numb from sitting too long. We finally called it a day when we pulled into Cuneo. Louise had purchased some incredible large shrimp. So, add a side of pasta and some bubbly, and you have a great meal to end the day. Tomorrow we will continue to Torino.