Perils of relying on Sat Navs

Christmas and New Year was a complete break from our normal celebrations and a very pleasant change it made.

Our Son came over from Greece in time to hit the shops for all the goodies that are not available (or are too expensive) where he lives and we volunteered to drive him and a car load of presents and supplies back to Greece, via an overnight Ferry from Italy.

The Sat Nav did a sterling job on the way down and as we had a limited time in which to catch the ferry in Italy we made use of the excellent Toll Roads in France.

Christmas and New Year was a complete break from our normal celebrations and a very pleasant change it made.

Our Son came over from Greece in time to hit the shops for all the goodies that are not available (or are too expensive) where he lives and we volunteered to drive him and a car load of presents and supplies back to Greece, via an overnight Ferry from Italy.

The Sat Nav did a sterling job on the way down and as we had a limited time in which to catch the ferry in Italy we made use of the excellent Toll Roads in France.

However, on the return trip, we had more time so instructed the Sat Nav to avoid Toll Roads and to take us back via the Italian Lakes and Switzerland, which promised to be a spectacular route. The journey started off in exactly the way we had expected and we had no qualms about the route although I personally started to get a bit jittery when the route took us up higher and higher through the mountains of Italy by way of multiple hair pin bends. The scenery was magnificent and the roads were clear despite the very deep snow on either side of the road and the map was showing that the Swiss border was not that far off. My nerves were sorely tested as the bends became steeper and the road started to be not quite so clear of snow, which only worsened the higher we went. The temperature dropped from 0 degrees to -11 degrees but on we went determined to make the Swiss border in time for lunch.

It was only when we could go no further because the main road was completely blocked with snow that we had to admit defeat and return the way we had come!

 

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