June 18, 2001 - Motta, Italy.
You meet some of the nicest people on motorcycles. I met Gaby and Rudi at the hotel I was staying at in the town of Corteno Golgi while having breakfast. We were all leaving that day for another area so we rode together till we parted on our separate ways; I went towards Lago di Como, they went towards Passo Stelvio. Before doing so, they invited me to stay over at their place while on my way back to Germany. This was a much welcomed invitation since I usually ride 800 to 1000 kilometers on the last day of my tour to get back to my home base. Their invitation cut my ride in half. We had an excellent dinner with their relatives and friends the evening of my arrival and an equally good breakfast the following morning. Rudi and Gaby then took me on a sightseeing tour of Speyer with its nearly 1000 year old Speyer Dom (Cathedral).