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So my road trip has finally kicked off - 15 days, 9 countries and almost 3k miles. Well that's the plan if we make it all the way!

Day1

Home -> Dunkirk, France

Nothing too much to report from day 1. Set off around 9am for the Eurotunnel and apart from some congestion on the M25 it was fairly smooth sailing. Short hop the other end from the train to Dunkirk. Couldn't check in to the hotel till 6pm so went down to the eastern end of the town and then walked along the beech to look at some of the remnants of the German coastal defences from WW2.

It was raining when we 1st set off but gradually improved enough for us to drop the lid by the time we got to the train so managed to get the wind in our hair for a bit in France.

I did start throwing tantrums this morning when I was fighting to get everything in the boot whilst still being able to access what we need with the cover down. It was quite the puzzle but eventually managed to get it figured out - just got to do it all again for the next 14 mornings now!
 

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Good on you :tu:

For interest sake, what is your country/day schedule? We did a 3 wk 10 country (or was it 11 ? :wink: ) escorted bus trip and it was way too much to cover. Just sayin'.
 

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Good on you :tu:

For interest sake, what is your country/day schedule? We did a 3 wk 10 country (or was it 11 ? :wink: ) escorted bus trip and it was way too much to cover. Just sayin'.
Thats nice. Enjoy your roadtrip. I'm curious about the routes you are going to follow.
Here's the full route. Have to admit it is pretty hectic Len, there's a couple of days that are pretty much flat out driving to eat up some of the miles.

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Day 2

Dunkirk, France -> Rollegem, Belgium

Started the day with a visit to the Leffrinckouche Bunkers / Fort des Dunes on the edge of Dunkirk. We then headed off into Belgium to visit the WW1 cemetery at Tyne Cot and then the short hop to Hill 60 and the Caterpillar.

Again it's been a steady day on the road with no issues to report apart from the weather. Grey, with a few spots of rain, first thing and although it brightened slightly throughout the day there were always a few threatening clouds around. Managed to get the roof down though for the last 20 miles heading to tonight's hotel.

Only 72 miles covered today but from tomorrow the mileage ramps up!
 

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Nice route. Some Ardennen, some Alps, the Côte d'Azur and a part of the Pyrenees. Enjoy! Hope the weather gets better.
 

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I expect your trip will be much "quicker". Bus is limited to 100 kph plus not as "manouverable" if you know what I mean :wink:
 

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Day3 - having to do this from my mobile as the internet connection in tonight's stop is so poor!

Rollergem to Bastogne - 167 miles

Had to keep the lid up all day as it kept raining on and off. The aircon in my car needs a kick, got well stuffy this afternoon and turning the temperature down and fan up did very little. In fact the fan is getting a little noisy. I only replaced it last year so will check it out after the trip.

Apart from that it was another good day. Proved Len's comment above about the SLK being quicker and more manouverable than a bus! Think I've probably been on Belgium's twistiest road today. Nice gentle warm up for the Alps.

Took a detour past the European Space Agency communications center to look at the satellite dishes. Then went through Rocogne, Foy and via the Peace Woods to Bastogne to observe many of the WW2 memorials.

No offense to any of our Belgian members but the state of your roads is terrible. No major potholes that will rip an axle off like the UK but if something doesn't fall off before we leave the country tomorrow I'll be amazed.

Fingers crossed we see some sun tomorrow!
 

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Looks fantastic, I hope the weather is good to you.
An idea for boot packing, take a photo of the boot contents when packed. Then just copy it every day.
Enjoy the trip and don't forget to stop now and again.
 

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Sounds a great trip & certainly putting in some miles...!!

I did start throwing tantrums this morning when I was fighting to get everything in the boot whilst still being able to access what we need with the cover down. It was quite the puzzle but eventually managed to get it figured out - just got to do it all again for the next 14 mornings now!
Packing one's SLK on a Euro Road Trip is art form - but helps if You have two suitcases of the correct size:

.....and yes, the roof still goes down:


Day3.
No offense to any of our Belgian members but the state of your roads is terrible. No major potholes that will rip an axle off like the UK but if something doesn't fall off before we leave the country tomorrow I'll be amazed.
Once You cross onto the French roads, the 18" wheels with rubber bands for tyres that the Germans like putting on there cars make sense... :tu:

Look forward to more Road Trip Report & feel to post some pictures...

Trev'
 

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Great road trip description! We're looking at a "War Memorial" trip down the road "escorted" unfortunately but still, it's on my bucket list.

BTW, gotta have some pics ?
 

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Whao, nice trip !


If you need help in Cote d'Azur, send me a mp!

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Marco06
Thanks! Stopping in Cannes Saturday night. All sorted route wise etc. and schedule is pretty tight. If your around though and we happen to say hello that would be great. Leave it with me for a day or two so I can see how we're going.
 

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Day 4 - Bastogne, Belgium to Domremy-la-Pucelle, France. 177 miles.

Had an issue with last night's accomodation. Pam took a shower but it wasn't draining and started flooding the room! All sorted for us though and they gave us free breakfast to apologize so all good.

Spent the morning at the Bastogne War Museum. Only planned to be there for an hour but ended up.staying 3 it was that good. Decided to grab some lunch there as well before heading off.

Apart from a quick 10 minute stop we did today's drive in one hit. Took the scenic route via Luxembourg. A couple of nice twisty back roads enroute, empty with open views, which allowed for a little apex to apex hooliganism. Weather was a bit hit and miss when we set off but dropped the roof anyway and was able to keep it down all the way.

Apologies for the lack of pictures so far. Another night with poor internet but I will put some up when I get chance. I've been videoing the whole drive so fingers crossed there's some nice footage but considering the roads it might just be a blur lol.

BTW - got the boot packing down to a fine art now!
 

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Looking forward to your overall view of this trip.


Your route is frighteningly close to the route we had pencilled in for this summer and had to postpone.


From what you've already said I may think twice about Belgium (those roads would be very bad for Deb with that level of vibration).


Maybe kick for Holland, or even add some Scandinavian miles.
 

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Thanks! Stopping in Cannes Saturday night. All sorted route wise etc. and schedule is pretty tight. If your around though and we happen to say hello that would be great. Leave it with me for a day or two so I can see how we're going.

:wink:


Normally, this week at night i'm free : i living at few kilometers of Cannes (Antibes).


Check in MP my cellular phone... :cool:


Marco
 

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Day 5 - Domremy-la-Pucelle, France to Montreux, Switzerland, 207 miles.

Toughest day so far! Weather has been scorchio so the tops been down all day!

Started the day with a quick stop at the birthplace of Joan of Arc a stone's throw from where we stayed last night. From there we had the journey pretty much split in 2. First run was to the Citadel de Besancon. Rather than just stop somewhere random I'd decided we might as well take in some culture on what was essentially a day focused on relocating ready for the Alps run. Roads were empty for the most part so made good 'progress'. Citadel really wasn't worth the effort of looping through the narrow streets of Besancon for.

After lunch we pushed on towards Switzerland as the roads got increasingly busy. Our route has been planned to stay away from motorways and take in the sights but we got more than we bargained for. Due to roadworks and congestion the satnav took us from the scenic route to 'off the beaten track'. Some spectacular views and a proper warm-up for tomorrow! The last 20 miles took almost 90 minutes as we battled serious congestion through Lausanne and Montreux and at the end we were glad to call it a day.

Again apologies for no photos. The late arrival at tonight's hotel and Pam's laptop deciding to do a Windows update means I'm once again resorting to the mobile to write this update whilst the laptop is flat out backing up the footage from the cameras.

Actually got another SLK on video today, only the 2nd one I've seen since leaving England. At 2 of our overnight stops so far the owners have been really impressed with it. The chap from last night said he'd never seen one before but was really taken with it!
 

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Looking forward to your overall view of this trip.


Your route is frighteningly close to the route we had pencilled in for this summer and had to postpone.


From what you've already said I may think twice about Belgium (those roads would be very bad for Deb with that level of vibration).


Maybe kick for Holland, or even add some Scandinavian miles.
TBH the roads have been hit and miss everywhere. Doesn't help that we're taking the proper scenic route in places.

There's been the odd jolt Pam has complained about but her physical ailments have suffered more due to the places we've visited than the roads.

Time will tell how much she suffers come the end of the trip. Might even be worth her and Deb having a catch up at the end of it.
 

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TBH the roads have been hit and miss everywhere. Doesn't help that we're taking the proper scenic route in places.

There's been the odd jolt Pam has complained about but her physical ailments have suffered more due to the places we've visited than the roads.

Time will tell how much she suffers come the end of the trip. Might even be worth her and Deb having a catch up at the end of it.

Sounds like a plan. :tu:
 
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