Winter Motorhome Trip To Italy travel blog

Lake Lugano(I Think)

Up In The Swiss Alps

Vaduz Castle

Stadium Night Stop

Bright, crisp & sunny morning. The view across the now still lake to the snow covered mountains in Switzerland on the other side was beautiful. The temperature was down to 28 degrees Fahrenheit so it was pretty cold. We couldn't fill the water tank on Elsie as the hose at the filling point was frozen up. We did drain the waste water tank & we did fill a couple of water bottles from the taps in the toilet block.

We drove out the site & the quarter mile to the Swiss border where we bought €40 pass for the Swiss motorways. You only have to buy this if you want to use the motorways. I had considered trying to just use the main roads but in view of the fact that it is the middle of winter in a country full of very high mountains with lots of snow around I opted for discretion & paid the €40. As the morning progressed & we climbed up higher & higher, & we started to see snow ploughs running back & forth I knew we'd made the right decision.

As we climbed higher & higher, we got near 3,000mtrs, the temperature dropped lower & lower, down to 22 degrees at one time. It went up somewhat once we got over the top of the pass but never went above freezing all day. There was plenty of snow all around but the roads were clear all the way so we had no problems as we headed North to Liechtenstein & our next night stop.

We pulled off the Swiss motorway & crossed the river into Liechtenstein about midday, no dramatic border just a Welcome sign. The capital, Vaduz, was close to the border & our night stop was in the car park of the Sports stadium. No electricity points but it did have a stainless steel toilet block that was open, although again the outside water plots were frozen.

We had lunch & then walked into & around the town collecting a couple of geocaches to add to our total for the trip. We have now collected caches in six European countries so far on this trip, not including the UK.

We did have one nasty problem in the evening when our little gas fire refused to stay lit. I pulled it apart & played around with it but there's not much you can do as the burner unit is inside a sealed unit. I eventually persuaded it to fire up & stay alight but not sure what the problem is, except it is damn cold without it. Not sure if our altitude is affecting it but we are only about 450mtrs above sea level here so it's not that high. It is going to be a cold night so out came our second duvet cover.

Mileage today - 121

Total Mileage to date - 4,307

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