Photos: One family's RV trip through Europe
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Day 13( Tom Gorman )
At the ski-jumping stadium at Innsbruck, used for two Olympic Games, a handful of jumpers are training in the summer by landing on what looks like long, fake grass made slippery by water sprayers. We eat at the restaurant at the top of the jump tower -- and realize that when the jumpers are flying through the air, just beyond the tips of their skis they can see a big cemetery. Lovely.
We spend too much time there and at dinner in Zurich (where the Japanese couple sharing our table seems to enjoy my friendly banter but leaves right after their last bites). By the time we find our campground in Lucerne, Switzerland, the gates are closed. We spend the night in a city parking lot that bans overnight camping. It's called "free camping," and we get away with it.