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Old 08-11-2010, 08:01 AM   #1
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3000 mile driving Holiday round Europe

Part 1.

The Route:




2865 miles, 8 countries, 26.4 mpg and a burnt head.
F**king awesome.
Day 1 was a hard drive, 600-odd miles to Wiesen, a little town just south of Davos, Switzerand. Great view out of our Hotel window:



..if a little cold...actually bl**dy freezing!

The next morning as we headed out of Davos, towards Stelvio, and the one thing we weren't expecting was this:





Once we'd got over the peaks and started heading down again, the view got better. You really can't appreciate the scale from pics:



The bottom of the Stelvio pass from the Italian was cold and wet and probably safer to go up than down, especially as my Wife was in a little discomfort from yesterday's long drive - and had had open surgery 3 weeks previously, so no arse-out antics, but you do get a strange compulsion to want to drive straight off into the clouds

First Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jur0RW6JIqw

And a view from around 2/3 the way up (6500 feet)



The other side was better: Drier, smoother and even brighter, with even more dramatic scenery and drops. Will post the vid later.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:36 AM   #2
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Smile Wow!

Awesome Road-Trip! Great to hear from another Boxster owner from England to!

Love those photographs of Boxstering-in-the-snow!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:38 AM   #3
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Looks amazing. I am truly jealous.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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Thanks ...it got better

Once we'd reached the top the view on the other other side was much, much better. About a third of the way down, there was a fork in the road and rather than bear left (away from the summit and further into Italy) I turned right so in effect heading back round the Mountain to where we;'d started...and so so glad I did. 20 minutes of relentless downhill hairpins, awesome curves, sheer drops and smooth tarmac...apart from the sudden appearance of a Rally Stage! Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEzrMfw9lzE
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:43 AM   #5
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So to summarise from there:












And some vids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEzrMfw9lzE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qjDCAjNgFs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWljPz_tC_4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtrfLLDzFWc
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:21 AM   #6
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that is a very impressive trip. Im jealous. all I have is the pacific coastal highway out here in california
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:26 PM   #7
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Very similar route to one I was thinking of doing, but not sure I can stomach the petrol costs. May I ask what the petrol side of things set you back?

Loving the look you have on your Box by the way.

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Old 08-18-2010, 03:31 AM   #8
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I was running 98RON which averaged 1.55 Euro per litre at Motorway Service stations. So fuel costs were 490 litres - 759 Euro - 640. Coming off the Motorway where I could, the average price per litre of Super Unleaded dropped to 1.38/l - which would have saved 85 Euro on the whole trip!

For our US friends, that's just over $7.60 a Gallon
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