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Published: November 10th 2017
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We left Paestum on Friday morning during a rain storm. We drove for about 4 hours, mostly down a road that runs along the coast. Each time we would go into a little village, the road would get narrow and we would have to be careful passing parked cars. One area was so narrow that they had a policeman holding up traffic so one car or truck could go thru at a time. We came up to a sharp left turn around a blind corner and were suprised to see the front of a full size bus coming at us. The road was only wide enough for one of us. We lost. He started beeping his horn and gesturing to us to back up. There was another car behind us and we had to wait for him. Well the bus driver practically pushed us back until he had enough room to squeeze by. And I mean squeeze by. I had to pull the mirrors in to keep them on the car. Eventually the road straightened out and got wider and we had no more trouble. We picked a hotel off of the internet in Cosenza to spend the
night. Nothing there really, just an industrial city. Thank goodness we have a GPS. It makes finding places alot easier. ALso, it rained on and off all day. Sometimes it poured like the dickens.
We went to bed around 10:30PM. Around 11:00PM we started to hear LOUD music coming from somewhere below us in the hotel. Stacy finally fell asleep, but I had to put in ear plugs to get to sleep. I woke up around 1:30AM and pulled out one ear plug and they were still going at it! The music finally stopped around 2:00AM. We found out the next day that there was an 18th birthday party in one of the conference rooms.
We got up and left the next day and headed toward Reggio D' Calabria to catch the boat to Sicily. Bonney, our GPS voice's name got us there in record time. On the Autostrada the speed limit is 130kph. But in many areas it would change, like 5 times in a mile to anywhere from 60, to 80, 100, 110. It didn't make any sense. But the local Italians would go 150kph, no matter what the speed limit said. You had better stay in
the right lane, because they would fly up behind you flashing their lights and blowing their horn.
We finally got to Reggio and headed toward the docks. We followed the signs until the last one and somehow I got in the wrong lane and we headed back into the city. Crap!!! We tried to figure out how to get back to the road we needed but couldn't find a way. Stacy had a brilliant idea. Put in the nearest city on Sicily on the GPS and let her rip. Sure enough she got us back to the docks. One question she asked was though threw us for a loop. She asked if we wanted to go by ferry or not. There is no other way to get a car on Sicily!!
We made it across and headed toward Palermo. There are alot of tunnels on this road. We went in one tunnel and it was cloudy. When we came out it was pouring rain! We didn't have a hotel reservation, so we picked one from our tour book and called ahead for a reservation. No problemo. We checked in at the Riva Del Sole in Cefalu and headed out
to tour the village. Nice place, right on the beach. Too bad it was pouring rain again. I looked up the weather for the next week and it says sunny and warm. Tomorrow we head for Trapani on the northwest coast of Sicily.
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