Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Weather: with frosty temperatures and steady flakes, with a moderate breeze.
The remainder of the 27th passes easily enough, as you continue to climb by steady degrees the Brenner Pass. It is comparably a low pass - Andrej can attest to having climbed much more to go through the Furka Pass last summer. Still, there's a fair bit of snow on the ground, some three feet, and much of the road is sloppy.
You pass a sign that says, "Entering the See of Brixen," with a low wall and an unmanned open tower by the side of the road. There's no one present, however, so you simply cross the border out of Tyrol. Not long after you come across two men and a boy wrestling a wagon out of the rut at the side of the road, where it has slid on a bad turn. I think probably the party would help; no ill comes of it, and the men thank the party for their trouble.
At best, the day becomes cool; the weather remains light and calm throughout the day, though there's an annoying intermittent drizzle that night, with a moderate breeze, as you finally set camp. The weather is brisk and certainly not the cold you expected.
The pass is somewhere ahead of you, but all you've encountered is a long, steady slope upwards between farms and pastures. It's the easiest pass you've ever heard of. In the morning, the weather has once again become frosty, just below freezing, and you're stiff as you roll out of bed.
On the 28th, at last, you move over the "top" ... though you're barely aware of it. Lukas asks about mid-day if it doesn't seem like you're moving downslope, and its generally agreed that you must be. It has certainly seemed an easier walk for the last few hours. The weather improves again from chilly to cool, then back to brisk, once again drizzling on and off all night.
There is no market here, but an inn may be had for the day if you wish, or we may continue further down the Isarco Valley on the 29th.