Ilanz we made a short stop. Some had to get rid of the early coffee. Nani
met his brother who was very excited to have so many US cars visit. We made
the next unscheduled stop between Ilanz and Disentis, where Dani, 'The Bandit,'
was stopped and raided by members of the Institutional Graubünden Street
Robbers Association. Don't blame it all on Dani: A Porsche passed our convoy
what caused a small reflex in Dani's foot on the accelerator pedal.
|| 12 persons; 4 board members, 2 guests, and Kim, the Golden Retriever.
This is 75% of the executive committee and meager 10% of all members.
Where were the other 90%?
|| Restaurant Glarnerland. Approximately 90:30 a.m. departure via
Chur - Disentis - Lukmanier.
Occasionally it rained a little, but streets remained dry. Now we headed
towards Lukmanier. This time no cows blocked the road. However, Nani lost
a screw on his Corvette's alternator pulley. And we had to stop. After
some search Nani found a tractor shop, that repaired was able to repair
it (after all don't Chevrolets descent somehow from tractors?) Finally
we came to our well-deserved break on the top of the pass. Then we continued
to roll down to the sunny Tichino. We passed Biasca and arrived in Londrino
where a charming Grotto expected us with 'coniglio' and 'polenta.' Thanks
to cell phones we knew Nani was back on the road and would join us shortly.
Before we continued, Targas and Cabriolets were opened for rain clouds
had disappeared now and temperatures reached 30 degrees C. The following
drive was smooth and uneventful. At the hotel, parking spaces were scarce
but the hotel management had reserved spaces on the sidewalk and bus parking
lot for all of our beloved babies. Some immediately jumped in the lakeside
pool while others made the bartender of the pool bar crank up to his max.
was served in a beautifully decorated room all in pink even the tablecloth.
It was wonderful. Everybody was thrilled and enjoyed the meal. Discussions
gushed. A side note: Plenty of meat was served - perhaps its texture might
have been a little on the tough side - so a couple of pieces remained.
What now? What a waste! Should we order a doggy bag? Much easier: Jeanette
handed around her plate where left over meat was stacked sky high for
her dog that was waiting in the room. The huge pile of meat was sort of
embarrassing to Jeanette so with Jacqueline as cover the two sneaked up
to the room with the delicacies. Upon their return they reported that
dog, Kim, cleaned it all up in one sweep.
we raided the hotel bar where most staid until 1 a.m.
On Sunday after breakfast we said good-bye to Nani, who went to the Lido
and planned to remain for another day in the Tichino. We strolled around
Morcote for shopping and sightseeing. All were pumped up for more adventures
and convened for an idea session. Joerg suggested driving to Ascona. Said
and done. We drove the scenic highway to Ascona, where we stored our US
cars in the city's multi-story parking garage. After a short walk to the
Ascona Riviera we had lunch in a restaurant with a beautiful view over
the lake around 3 p.m.
approximately 4:30 p.m. we got on our way back home via Lukmanier. The
first stop just before we reached the top of the pass, Stephan's Chevy
Blazer started to make problems. After a short break to cool the transmission
we could continue. Back in Disentis, we stopped for another cool down
for the Blazer. This was a longer break, so the Chevy could completely
recover. However, some of our home-trained mechanics found a cracked spark
plug wire and Dani and Stephan fixed it with a paper clip and electrical
tape. Then we all parted ways and we believe all reached their home without
Nelly Hueppi and Peter Appenzeller
Thanks to the organizers Joerg and Nani.