Friday: Rose in cloudy Chur, Switzerland and drove to sunny Bergamo, Italy. We were fortunate to find the great little 16-room Berg Hotel *** for a good price, replete with Internet, breakfast and air conditioning. We took a side trip to see the Moto Guzzi factory in Mandello di Lario, but were about an hour too late for a tour. On the way there, Klaus saved our bacon with an instantaneous lane change under severe braking from autostrada speed. (He does such things well, as we'd learned back in October of 2008 in Moldavia.) At the factory we met a security guard (Marco S.), and made a friend. Marco is degreed in economics, and hopes to come to America to visit, if not to work one day. (Come ride with me in NH, Marco. Several old bikes are available.)
So far Italy is charming, hot and traffic-ridden.
Saturday we shall head for Venice, via the romantic Verona, setting of Romeo and Juliet.