July 14, 2018. Grand Hotel Misurina. Auronzo di Cadore, Italy

Another day without car trouble and I am still married to Lorraine, how damned lucky can a guy get. We've made it to Lake Misurina and the language of Italy is sweet music to my ears.

As for the competition, we've sunk so far down against the hardened veterans that we blew off almost all the milestones today and made our own backroad tour of the route.

There's a great back story brewing here among the teams about mutiny over the inadequate maps and clues (not to mention universal disdain for German road markings). Too much for this space. Buy me a beer sometime and I will tell you all about it.