Monday July 11, 2005, 52 km (32 miles) – Total so far: 5,956 km (3,701 miles)
We spent the morning in Livigno because it was only a short ride to Bormio, despite the two passes Passo di Eira (2,209m) and Passo di Foscagno (2,291m).
I replaced my broken mobile phone and we finally tracked down a replacement battery for Agata’s camera (although charging it is a problem whilst camping).
Yesterday evening was good fun. We went for a nice meal in Mario’s (Livingo’s best restaurant) and then on to ‘Agata’s Pub’ with Ali, the cycle tourist we’d met on the pass between St Moritz and Livigno. He passed on some useful information on Italy and we shared stories (and whinges) about the standard of Italian driving. Apparently Italy has lost as many lives to road traffic accidents over the last ten years as the United States lost in the Vietnam War. And they still overtake on blind corners.
The campsite at Bormio is an amusing mix of luxury and cheapness; they have a fancy restaurant complete with waiters in waistcoats and yet you have to buy a plastic token for €1 to turn on the heated water in the showers.