Leaving Austria at 5 PM on a sunny late summer day in our 2 white ATV pickups. Our homes for the next months. Excited. Full to the brim with wanderlust. And already 6 hours behind schedule – so much equipment to load and paperwork to finish.
After a long monotonous nightly convoy ride through the Austrian and Italian Alps we roll along one of the most run down quarters at the huge commercial port of Genova. Approaching the hotel. 3 AM in the morning. No safe place to park the packed cars and a deadbeat crew. Only 3 more hours and we can cue up at the ferry. We skip the hotel and drive down to the ferry dock.