The Drive to Zermatt, Switzerland – Saturday

Goodbye to Lake Como!
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I think this picture of Lake Lugano.
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The drive to Zermatt was interesting. It took us so long to drive around Lake Como, that we were afraid we’d have the same agony driving around Lake Maggiore. So we opted to take this little road that cuts across from one side of the V shaped lake to the other. I’m not sure you could call it a mistake, since we don’t actually know how bad driving around Maggiore would be. In Italy, at least this region of Italy, the roads are very narrow, the drivers crazy, and you go through many towns built right on or in the road. Not fun. So we take this “short-cut” across. Which turned out to be an *extremely* windy road, up in the mountains, that often turned into a single lane around blind corners. Exciting to say the least. Unfortunately it was very cloudy, otherwise the view would have been very cool. It was kind of cool looking as it was, and I tried to take more car pictures. This section is kind of on the Italian/Swiss border. In the Swiss section, twice we were stopped by men on belay up on the rocks, scraping loose rocks and dirt on to the road. The 2nd time we were stopped for nearly 20 minutes. It was kind of crazy.

At one point we passed a van that was pulled over to the side of the road – and appeared to be stuffed full of very wooly sheep. It was a really bizarre sight – and made for all sorts of interesting speculations about what would possess one to stuff your van full of sheep. I mean, they looked like they were coming out the windows! I wish I could have gotten a picture, but we went by too fast. In Brig, we saw a person on a bike wearing a large fur coat and fur hat – that was kind of a bizarre sight too. Just sticks in the mind.

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