On this trip I didn't rent a car because my wife and son always make these
little sucking noises whenever I drive in the States. I've driven the
autostrada down the east coast of Sicily ( which goes from four lanes to an
alley when you enter Catania), and it was one of the great experiences of my
life. BTW, every driver in Rome could autox. They are really precise, and
need to be, and can put their car exactly where they intend. Up in Florence,
I thought they were a little sloppy so it is not a good idea to walk without
keeping an eye out behind you.
It is striking when you return how generally sloppy the driving here is, but
the good ol' US of A has much to offer. Yesterday I flew up to Seattle and
flew right over Thunderhill.
----- Original Message -----
From: Kelly, Katie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 10:35 AM
Subject: RE: report from Europe
> Excellent report, Anthony! I feel like I was there! I am SO PROUD to know
> that our autocross community is so filled with world travellers!
> You wrote:
> > And for what? Everything in Rome is really old >and not in good shape.
> > Practically in ruins.
> Cozmo Lambrusco, sister of my ex-boyfriend Gumbo Lambrusco, gave a similar
> account of Greece a couple of years ago.
> "It's not that big of a deal, really. It's just all this old crap, and
> just all pretty much laying around and whatever. I mean, you just walk
> around, and you're like, 'Oh, look, another ruin.'"
> I've never considered Greece as a vacation spot, but now that you say
> there's a kart track there, I'll have to check it out.
> By the way, though there is no autocrossing (per se) in St. Petersburg,
> still recommend renting a car there because racing is a legal activity on
> city streets. Apparently there are no real posted speed limits,
> in the center of town. I saw a lot of inside passing through the
> intersections. They really use the whole track there. You are also
> even encouraged, to hit pedastrians. When that light turns green, it's no
> holds barred. You mow 'em down if you must. I saw no one get hit, because
> was quite clear the street walkers were moving targets. You just learn to
> cross streets REALLY fast. So, it was also great physical activity.
> Katie Kelly, Ace Traveller