We anticipated the plus sign of the costly mistake would shave some time off our trip...NOT...and that is not all. When we cleared the MB Tunnel, we started entering large tunnels on the Italian side. They too were blasted through some major mountains but not quite as long as MB. By now we are at the 5 hour and no where near Lake Como. The next big surprise was another toll booth on the Italian side, this time un manned and no instructions other than CASH or CREDIT CARD PLEASE!!! Another surprise! We had no idea what this toll would cost so we simply inserted the card and hoped for the best. It appeared this toll was not as costly, maybe $8 Euro but we did not get a receipt so again, we will find out when we get our MC statement.
All right, all this is behind us so lets make tracks. Not so fast folks, this is Europe and nothing really moves fast. We were once again on the country roads, taking us through cow pastures, narrow roads within inches of historic buildings and rock walls, but this is Europe and we love it. More road construction and long traffic lines. This went on for another 2 hours. Now we are at the 7 hour mark and still a long way from our B&B. Now we are starting to get nervous. Is she going to hold our room when we told her we would be there hours ago. Now we are back on a freeway and headed into some major traffic congestion. We soon realized we were in Milan, Italy at the height of rush hour traffic....OH BOY, what can you do.
Long story short, we finally arrived at Lake Como about 8:15 pm. The owner greeted us and showed us to our room. It was far more than we expect and a pleasant end to long and trying day.