Date: 4th September 2018
Travelled: 105 kilometres from Sutri to Viterbo, both in the province of Lazio, Italy.
Visited: Tarquinia’s Etruscan Tombs, €6 pp
Stayed: Viterbo municipal sosta car-park, free with services. N42.40922, E12.10958
Budget: 94 days @ €95 per day.
An uneventful evening passed in Sutri, another motorhome joined us after dark, but it was gone in the morning. We have our usual coffee and fruit, lock up the Hymer and go out to explore Sutri.
We walk back to the Hymer chatting about what an interesting find Sutri was. Anyway we get the Hymer ready for the road and continue north-west on the SS2. Forty kilometres of increasingly worse roads, we drive down the hill toward Tarquinia.
After almost two hours of walking up and down tombs and wandering here and there we are done. It’s hot, but there is a nice breeze blowing. The Hymer is parked in the shade, so we open up and have a little chill out, letting the breeze do its thing.
We make Viterbo by mid-afternoon, find the municipal sosta and service the Hymer. Something is going on in Viterbo, but we cannot work it out. Whilst Viterbo makes the Lonely Planet it’s a very large town, and we would probably not bother but it has a couple of Fiat approved workshops and the Hymer is not well.
So we drive to the first workshop, closed, the second closed, basically most businesses we drive past are closed. Next door to one a car-wash so I wander in and ask the obvious, only to be told everyone back tomorrow.
Pam does some Googling to find today is Saint Rose of Viterbo day and everyone gets a half day…shit !
What’s wrong with the Hymer I hear you ask. For more than a month the engine has emitted a whistle under load. I thought it sounded like an exhaust manifold gasket. Not badly at first, but it has gotten louder in the last week and I can feel it’s loosing power on hills. I tried to get it sorted when the alternator failed, back in Sicily without success. But now the Italians are back at work I thought lets get it sorted. One less thing to worry about.
Given the engine starts and runs normally at low speed the loss of power is mostly likely associated with the turbo charger. Another complex and potentially costly exercise. Anyway thanks Saint Rose of Viterbo we won’t find out today will we…
Michael and Pam