Christmas and New Year’s Off Roading in Sicily

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23 December 2016 till 13 January 2017 (3 weeks).

We gave Italy a second chance for off road driving. And Italy did a good job!

Sicily clearly levels up with Andalusia in off road driving. There is a plethora of small roads and paths without barriers or signs telling you not to go. Sicily does not have too steep hills, so driving by cardinal direction works quite well. Andalusia has more “Sierras” – plains, which are fun to drive because of the spectacular view. Andalusia was warmer than Sicily, but this might just be bad luck for Sicily.

6th January is a holiday in Italy, so shops in Palermo were mostly closed. It would have been nice to rent bicycles in Palermo, since traffic on the holiday was low as well – but the weather was horrible. So, holiday plus ice storms in Palermo was just the wrong combo.

Sleeping in the wild is no problem at all. Except for the tip of Sicily near Messina, wild camping was easy everywhere, even on beaches.

Sicily is dirty in some areas. People toss their household garbage on small streets. We even witnesses an elderly couple stop, throw a huge plastic bag out of the trunk and continue their journey. Incredibile!

The south is generally warmer, whereas the north had some of the most severe storms that we have encountered so far. Minus 1 degree Celsius was the minimum – quite comfy in the new Ikea cover! Wetter Online is, again, our friend and helped us stay out of catastrophic weather for several days.

We rented an appartment for 2 nights to wash ourselves and the clothes – and to insert a “home office” working day. This home office working day was announced to our colleagues in the offices. We both felt that we were very productive.

Berlin – Pfaffenbühl – (Husertal – Sicily – Berne – Husertal) – Berlin: 6.000 km (from/to Husertal)

 

Berne to Husertal

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After another home office day in Berne, where Joh lives when she works in Berne, which she did today, we returned home to Husertal.

Total distance: 142402 m
Max elevation: 655 m
Min elevation: 386 m
Total climbing: 1114 m
Total descent: -939 m
Total Time: 01:39:08

Rovio to Berne, Switzerland

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Total distance: 291598 m
Max elevation: 1171 m
Min elevation: 231 m
Total climbing: 2294 m
Total descent: -2295 m
Total Time: 04:45:29

Walking Around in Berne

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Joh and I had our second planned working day tomorrow. Joh works from her office and A works from Joh’s appartment.

Since Raffa, Joh’s sicilian (sic!) flat mate is late, we open a bottle of red wine and start a walking tour in Berne.

A was working on a Swisscom project in Berne in 1994 and remembered some sites, especially five star Hotel Bellvue and the running track from Bellvue to Belp airport. Running in Berne in 1994 started A’s running career. In 1997, Berlin Marathon was his first marathon.

Staying with Bri in Rovio

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Hot showers! Room temperatures on the way from bed to toilet at night! What a luxury.

We are lucky to have Bri hosting us in Switzerland just some kilometers from the Italian border.

Mount Vesuvius to Rovio

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