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TDE2017 – Day2: One blue sky

After sleeping fitfully with the window wide open at -1C and us breathing lots of very fresh air, we are greeted with a magnificent view from our hotel balcony:

First view this morning from our room

First view this morning from our room


 
Some healthy breakfast options later, we leave our hotel and check our overnight charging station.

Overnight charging station

Overnight charging station


 
It’s this cozy EV feeling that when you get to your car it is fully charged that makes you like starting your trip πŸ™‚

Overnight charging station

Overnight charging station


 
With us pulling around 13kWh throughout the night, we’re at a charge rate that requires a second thought regarding the plug-type to choose, especially if we’re working with consumer-grade adaptors.

With prior experience to back it up (molten piece of plastic πŸ™‚ ) – I know that the smaller Italian plug converters are not able to handle more than 6A continuously for more than an hour or so. This is why I had to create this Frankenstein of plug-combo for tonight: CH 10A -> DE 10A (13A) -> IT 13A (16A)… a plug threesome for the night πŸ˜€

Charging coupler threesome

Charging coupler threesome


 
The battery is at a very cold 3C and driving up passo di Foscagno, the voltage plunges around 20V under load. We keep the roof on, since the air is still very cold. As soon we emerge into the sun, however, our cabin heats up to acceptable levels within minutes.

Driving ever higher up to the 2280m of Passo Foscagno, we can see that this will be another incredible day.

What a day!

What a day!


 
This is the third time TW560 arrives up here within 2 years!

Our first pass for today - Passo Foscagno

Our first pass for today – Passo Foscagno


 
The views are mindblowingly beautiful. We could just stay here and take them in all day long (which, incidentally, is what we will be actually doing all day *grin*)

Soaking in the panorama before descending to Bormio

Soaking in the panorama before descending to Bormio


 
We descend slowly and recuperate at low rates, as we want to get as much energy back into the batteries without overshooting the voltage limiter.

Driving towards Tirano

Driving towards Tirano


 
As every time I’m in Italy, we stop at the first small and local bar for ‘Italian Gold’. Such a treat at 1€!

The usual ceremony :)

The usual ceremony πŸ™‚


 

We’re back on the road after just 10 mins – feeling very much at home.

Driving towards Tirano ...cont

Driving towards Tirano …cont.


 
For the rest of the day, we continue along small windy roads – below are some pictures of these awesome roads:

Climbing a windy road again

Climbing a windy road again


 
Cumuli!

Cumuli!


 
Another mountain in our way!

Another mountain in our way!


 
Another pass & back to 1884 m altitude

Another pass & back to 1884 m altitude


 
Another pass - one to go.

Another pass – one to go.


 
TW560's favourite diet deserted single lane roads

TW560’s favourite diet – deserted single lane roads


 
Very rural last pass for today

Very rural last pass for today


 
The last descent towards Trento proved to be the best of them all:

Very tight hairpin bends!

Very tight hairpin bends!


 
This road with its dozens of hairpin bends and beautiful views of the Trento valley was a real treat.

We made two videos of the same stretch of road – once from the roadside and once from within the TWIKE. You’ll see why we loved this stretch of road this much!

A little further down there was a perfect place to take a mediterranean picture of TW560:

Trento valley

Trento valley


 
We arrived at our hotel for the night and checked-in after making sure that TW560 was able to charge.

The millennial travelling with me had only one question: Dad… The Wi-Fi landing page is asking me weird stuff, may I accept the terms? … decide for yourself. I for my part thought: NO. But nothing forbids me not to accept these terms and still press “CONTINUE”.

Doing so however brought up the rectangle at the bottom which made me chuckle… you know *hehe*

you know :), nothing is for really for free

you know :), nothing is for really for free


 
My interest piqued, I read through their GTC’s and found all the wrongness and technical maliciousness possible: cookie re-writing, ad-injection, forced page overlays, DNS catching and much more.

Luckily, using a disposable email address and a VPN back to our home in Switzerland got rid of all this nastiness.

After some relaxing in the room, we head to a restaurant that was suggested to us by some locals. High above the valley, La Roccia (with its own boulder, hence the name), is a very local affair. We arrive to immediately stir the interest of some workers enjoying their after-work beer on the terrace.

TW560 mingling with the locals

TW560 mingling with the locals


 
The terrace has a very nice view. Let’s hope the food is similarly good πŸ™‚

View from our restaurant "la Roccia"

View from our restaurant “la Roccia”


 
It was! Fresh pasta with fresh asparagus – I’m in heaven and never want this plate to finish!

Italian foodporn

Italian foodporn


 
We get back to our hotel, very satisfied and ready for a good nights’ sleep.

Looking forward to our drive to Venice tomorrow!

TDE2017 - day 2 GPS track

TDE2017 – day 2 GPS track