Lombardy Redoux

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by Chiseller, May 22, 2018.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'll try to keep this updated as we go, save me going through the mill as I don't have a pc so it's all thumbs....
    Our load out is roughly 11kg for me and 9kg for Sue.
    That includes the full kit and caboodle for temp ranges from 27-2°c ....
    Just looked as I'm typing....weather has changed from 2deg to 16deg at night....damn...packed for wet and cold lol.

    Then a repack for the plane....nylon bag will help as a ground insulation and has a numbered zip seal...
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    Decided.to leave the chair as I've had to take and pack an exped 20L summit lite aswell. There's no way I will let our Gucci lite gear out of sight... 20180521_220807.jpg

    3/4 mile walk to town...1st stop for a coffee with hazelnut Costa....
    FB_IMG_4527615006983183560.jpg while waiting for Wetherspoons to open...
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    Gutted no swill to be served until 9 ...don't they know were treklite athletes :p
    Now a 40minute wait for the train...1st time I've not had to rush in more years than I can remember...
    After the trek up the hill , that breakfast is weighing heavier in my gut than the packs on my back :eggonface:
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  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Should I keep it all on the 1st post?

    Just amusing myself while waiting for the now late train...today's forecast....light snow and sleet for the day !!!
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I vote a new post for each update so that it shows in the new posts list each time you update.
    Plus we won't have to try to find the point to which we last read.
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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    French air traffic control strike grounds hundreds of flights affecting thousands of passengers
    ‘High/very high delays in the airspace,’ warns Eurocontrol

    We were delayed on the train coming down and had to change trains...now these jokers....been stuck on the plane an hour and have at least another before we can get a slot....:poop::banghead::banghead::banghead:
  5. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    To-do list for hiking the Continent:
    - check weather
    - check insurance
    - check scheduled nationwide public services strike in France
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  6. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    That's a bummer, I would say if it goes on for 3hrs then you are due compo but this doesn't apply when airport staff are on strike I believe. Hope it ends quick for you
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  7. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Getting to the airport wasn't as straight forward as we'd hoped for...arriving in good time at the station...didn't alter how the day was to go....due to some incident near Liverpool, there were massive delays and we finished up having to change trains as there was a backlog as we nearer Manchester...
    Then when we did get to the airport , some cranks got on the escalator steps with large cases....that didn't end well !!!
    So we managed a couple of protein pints before boarding....as Wetherspoons wernt doing ale ...so made do with a full English before shouldering my bags up the hill for the train...

    When we did get on the plane...seatbelts fastened....next occurrence was the fkin French air traffic control had gone on strike....we were delayed about an hour and half ...stuck on the plane in seperate seats ...
    Finally arriving in Italy, we jumped on a coach instead of the intended shuttle bus....onto Milan....
    Once at Milan, our train was cancelled and we had to work around it to get to Como in time for our lift up the hills to a hostel we had booked in at...
    At one of the station changes....I started unpacking my sealed bag and organising it into my main back pack....next thing...train arrives...I panic stuff everything in...and we jump on board.....only the WRONG train. !!!!!!
    We didn't know at the time...and when it became apparent...we had travelled way too far in the wrong direction....we should have been in Como before 9 ...now it was turned 10 and we were jumpingonto another train to try to get back.....oh if it was that simple ....
    Eventually we landed at Como at 1130 pm ...too late to get to the hostel...but enroute we managed to get booked into one with 24hr reception.....tbc
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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Hopefully the next few posts will be less dicombogulated with picture inserts placed along the way ....bear with me...it's hard graft on the phone lol
  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    The reviews of the hostel were mixed but the main thing was , that it had 24hr reception and cheap ...
    We rounded the corner around 1130pm ...to be greeted with a load of youths stood outside smoking etc under the dimlit facade...oh dear we thought...
    (Google street pic as I didn't take any other than the dorm)
    Our concerns were unfounded...the place and atmosphere was fantastic , including an upgrade to a 4 bed dorm..free drink each and a very warm welcome.

    So after our 1st night in the hostel, we decided it would be a great (and cheap) place to finish the week out...so we booked for the Friday night.
    Next was to find a store that sold a canister for our stove as we couldn't bring one on the plane.

    This was to prove testy...with Google not helping locally and even the Italian staff at Ostello Bella not being able to track one down without us going to Milan !!!! No more trains for us this day lol so we went to see the owner of a small outdoors shop...he suggested a supermarket a few km away...so off we set...a nice walk around the lakeside
    20180523_104551.jpg that revealed some grand architecture .
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    On arriving at the supermarket, we were gutted to find only the threadless type cans...so we bought some olives and meat ,picnic outside while.receiving the soon to be frequent smiles and laughs at my beard...

    Someone mentioned the builders / b&q type store further up the road...so off we set....on arrival and asking...the answer was no
    I asked Roberto if he had canisters for paint stripping/plumbers type burners....ah ! So he shows me were and what burners he had....then I spotted the cans we needed...even though I was prepared to use the tall cartridge types....there on the bottom shelf winking at us was the diamond in the dust 20180523_123038.jpg .our ass was saved as we needed boiling water for our dehydrated meals....woohoo buddy ....tbc

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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    So after finding salvation, we had to walk a km to the nearest bus stop back down by the lake road...
    Once on the road , we finally got to a bus stop and found we were in for a wait...so on we walked as we wernt there to sit around for buses.
    We walked for a good while, and the road became testy with lack of pavement and narrow walkways ,
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    but the views were inspiring .
    Along the way we would see geckos? Every few yards as the basquedin the sun, rapidly retreating as we approached...
    This fall was the backdrop to someone's garden...."garjus"
    Dry water course ..
    Cyclists were as dangerous
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    20180523_135824.jpg think I was the danger to them as I'd spin round for glances and pictures ...
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  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Whilst even walking the road , Sometimes the little things that you see and would have missed in a car are what make you smile...
    How many locals drive past each day and don't realise that not only Mr Clooney has a pad in Como ...but also Bruce Wayne :woot:
    20180523_143017.jpg after putting our arm out for a bus...which promptly stopped...we were informed it wasn't going where we needed to...he said 20minutes, for the one we wanted...as I stepped backwards down the steps, I trod on the lady who was chatting to the driver , glasses.. :( it was accidental and I felt terrible...karma soon hit me as the second the bus door shut..the bus that should have been 20 mins behind...went straight past !!!
    So further on we walked ..as we passed a small village , we called in for a treat....I had scoop of black cherry and a scoop of Hazelnut ...dang it was the best icecream i could remember...with real black cherries hidden inside nom nom nom 20180523_131048.jpg sadly this little shop with a bar to the rear was closed...

    Another little shop that was closed , looked like it may have sold camping gas.
    These two opines were stunning...but dang look at the prices :woot:

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  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member


    lantern ...

    via ferrata ...

    marriage in tatters ...

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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    So , we managed to catch a bus from Batmans Cave to the Plaza, the bus was rammed and after giving up my seat for a mum with a kid, we eventually got to the bus terminal.
    A garbled conversation managed to secure two tickets to Breglia which was the start of the trail.
    While waiting for the bus with my brolly up, I was quickly collecting admiration from the local blue rinse brigade and laughter from the youths...had they not seen a tattooed athletic specimen with Viking platter beard and a brolly before lol.?

    Shortly after starting the trail,
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    and take in some calories before the next stage.
    Short measured on the water arrrgggh


    The views across was where we were planning to go the day after ...
    Back on the trail...the trail
    Never tire of looking back ...
    The trail was pretty easy going in most parts, very mixed terrain underfoot though..

    The refuggio in the distance, we were travelling the long way round to it hopefully to get there the following morning...
    The cable supply cage looked inviting...would have taken a bit of Jerry rigging to get going lol

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