Slept well last night after a long days driving. The sky was an even light grey, but it was bright and mild none the less. I took advantage of the hot showers which were excellent. After breakfast and topping up the fresh water tank I set off along the Modena ring road, topping up the fuel tank before picking up the autostrada once again. The fuel was €1.53 per litre, the cheapest I’ve seen in Italy for a long time, perhaps fuel prices are starting to drop generally, I hope so as it’s my biggest expense. As I crossed the River PO, Italy’s largest river and crossed from Emilia Romagna into Lombardia, the temperature dropped, the sky darkened and there was a lot of mist rising from the river, reducing visibility quite a lot. Approaching the Milano ring road the skies cleared and the sun reappeared, the temperature rising back into the mid 20’s C. Lottie’s speedo clicked over to 70,000 miles just before I Milano, which means that in the past two and half months I have driven the same milage as Lottie has covered on average in each of the 23 years she has been on the road. I stopped for lunch at the last services in Italy before crossing the boxer into Switzerland at Chiasso. The drive up through the centre of Switzerland was beautiful, the sun glinting of the snow capped mountain peaks. I drove through the Gottard Tunnel, once europe’s longest at 17.5 kilometres long. The traffic moving up to and through the tunnel was slow moving. Approaching Lake Luzern the traffic was very heavy, it took an age to drive around the lakeside. Eventually after what seemed like an eternity I arrived in Basel. It was getting late and I wanted to stop for the night. Checking the GPS I found the nearest camperstop’s were just across the German border, so thats where I headed. I pulled into the stellplatz at Bad Bellingen, it was nearly full, but I managed to find a space and hooked up to the electric, there was no notices about paying and no one came to ask for payment so I had a free night, a definite bonus.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life. I have been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle for many years traveling in a camper van or touring by bicycle or on foot. I also have a caravan to live in which is based in England for when I am not on my travels.