July 17, 2018 Bolzano, Italy

Another day and it's back into the mountains. Leg five included three passes and we are right back in fatigue mode. 13.5 hours behind the wheel and we missed our check-in. It's no consolation but we had plenty of company on a very hard day.

Each pass is a grinding 1st or 2nd gear crawl in these tiny cars with their systems pressed to the limit. Many cars experienced issues on leg five including ours. The trusty Fiat withered at the demands with the front wheel bearings going south. The cabin of the car was a bad place to be as the bearings made a deafening growl that reverberated in the interior.

In a stroke of incredible luck, a full set of bearings, both inner and outer, we're available on the RAC support truck. They had been donated by an enthusiast to the cause. As Lorraine plotted our route for leg six, I was in the garage replacing the bearings. All well past midnight only to be rewarded with a 6 AM wake up call. But we are up and running! Next stop Brescia Italy.