Saturday, May 26 - On the road again . . . this time to the Cinque Terre
Leaving Rome was an experience not to be forgotten. Jesse wanted to leave a little early so that we could add a visit to two different hill towns in Italy before we got to the Cinque Terre. By the way, Cinque Terre is pronounced Chin-kwa Ter-ray. Jesse has mentioned several times how our group has been the most punctual group he has had, we didn't disappoint this morning either. We were done with breakfast, packed and ready to go by 7:15AM. We were on the bus, and we were on our way . . . and then we were not.
Seems that in the crazy Roman traffic, a motorcyclist "was hit" by our bus. We were pulled over by the Carabinieri and an hour and a half delay proceeded to take place. There was a motorist, driving what looked like an Audi wagon and a fellow on a Moto Guzzi motorcycle. We were all just wondering what was up, our tour guide Jesse would feed us info as he got it. When all was said and done, and paperwork (seemed to be a lot of it) was completed, we got started back on the journey and heard the story. The car was going to pass our bus on the inside of a traffic circle and saw that he could not do so. So the driver backed off and the motorcyclist came flying into the gap to get around the bus on the right and then struck the back right corner of the bus and because of that then struck the car he had come in front of. We all thought it was the fault of the motorcyclist, but the authorities did not consult us. Anyway, the delay was over and we were again on our way.
In the image below, our bus driver Derek (Dirk) is in the blue shirt, Jesse in the red, and the motorcyclist is wearing the glasses. By the time this was over, there had been 10 Carabinieri officers on the scene along with the three drivers and 29 tour people.