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Been away on holiday for a few days to Metz and the Alsace region with my Mother. She has been adamant that we use the SLK even though she turned 72 whilst we were away and has a few movement issues, so who am I to disagree. Over the course of the 4 days she got into a 'rhythm' for getting in and out of the low seat so credit to her.

So the 570 miles down there was all motorway after using the Eurotunnel and we had rain most of the day but day 2 in Metz was great and some of the stained glass in the cathedral was stunning. Not really the place to drive the car around
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Day 3 we had a day trip from Metz down to the Alsace and we started a mini tour of 5 towns. Thankfully the weather was fab :cool:so roof down the entire day, even 130km down the toll roads (the fabric wind deflector makes such a difference!).
First stop was Eguisheim
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Most of these small villages were medieval walled villages and even though were in France they have a German feel due to history of the region.
Then we went to Colmar but on the way got this on dash cam
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The architect of the statue of liberty, Auguste Bartholdi, came from Colmar, hence this statue in the middle of a roundabout.
We went on to visit the 'Little Venice' historic area of Colmar followed by the village of Kayesberg
Cloud Sky Building Daytime Window

From here we went up to Riquewhir and then across to Ribeauville. These villages all look very very similar but worth a visit. So time to head back but do I follow the sat nav or take the longer sat nav option.....
yes option no 2, off the main roads led to this view of the region
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We went up and over these single track roads between the vine yards before hitting the D416. This is a terrific road to have some fun on with plenty of hairpins, going over the hill range, but a word of advice.....make sure you have some fuel! We got a quarter of the way up before the light came on, but at this point were going up hill and I had been averaging 18mpg ish and the distance clock to empty was dropping quick. Not knowing where the next service station was had to take it steady for the following 12km's before reception came back on the phone, did the search, took the wrong turn off another roundabout onto a duel carriage way, and ended up running on fumes rolling in. Plus point, it was the cheapest fuel 95 fuel I have seen for ages, 1.65 euros!
Back home the following day.
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Good mileage in 4 days and the MPG to say I was slightly over the French speed limits in certain places:whistle:
 

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There's a lot of those Bartholdi statues around France. There's I I've seen in a supermarket carpark in Barentin (upper Normandy) next to McDonald's😱. I've also got the nagging suspicion that I have seen one near Limoges or Poitiers.
Probably that one-off sculpture by Frederic’s lesser known American cousin Ronald Bartholdi🤔
 

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Currently on a mini break down in Cornwall visiting family, plus an ice cream or two...!!

Leaving mid Saturday afternoon, had a quite run down with minimal traffic, un-like the miles and miles of queuing half term traffic on the A303 from Honiton to Stonehenge at every pinch point.... Good picture of the "Welcome Back to Cornwall" trees on the A30.
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While down here, was good to catch up with @JasonH1969 - Meeting up just North of Newquay:
(Should have been joined by @YYDeckard - But work prevented attendance with His new R172..)
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Followed by a nice cross country drive to Padstow - Where We gate crash an already parked R171/200:
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Having consumed our Fish & Chips by the main harbour in Padstow, and chatted to the R171/200 owner, who did a double take to find two SLK's parked next to his :LOL: Headed up to a windy Trevose Head:
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Before heading back South to Watergate Bay, just before the sun set:
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Great evening & thanks to Jason for coming out on a midweek work night (y)
 

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Currently on a mini break down in Cornwall visiting family, plus an ice cream or two...!!

Leaving mid Saturday afternoon, had a quite run down with minimal traffic, un-like the miles and miles of queuing half term traffic on the A303 from Honiton to Stonehenge at every pinch point.... Good picture of the "Welcome Back to Cornwall" trees on the A30.
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While down here, was good to catch up with @JasonH1969 - Meeting up just North of Newquay:
(Should have been joined by @YYDeckard - But work prevented attendance with His new R172..)
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Followed by a nice cross country drive to Padstow - Where We gate crash an already parked R171/200:
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Having consumed our Fish & Chips by the main harbour in Padstow, and chatted to the R171/200 owner, who did a double take to find two SLK's parked next to his :LOL: Headed up to a windy Trevose Head:
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Before heading back South to Watergate Bay, just before the sun set:
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Great evening & thanks to Jason for coming out on a midweek work night (y)
Good to see you again Trev, very enjoyable evening drive. Glad you're having a reasonable break - sorry about the local weather :(
 

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26.1mpg in a V6!?? I get 27-28mpg in a V8 :D.
Dude, How?
How can you do that?
I have no idea what mpg you are having in mind (the car shows) but still my 2.3l - 4 cylinder engine can't get bellow these 28mpg that you mention on daily 120-130 miles motorway drive, cruise control-ed 69-72 mph drive. And that was after first long drive, let's say cleared and warmed, dusted...whatever engine.
How can you do that with V8?
Are you pushing it half the trip?
:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
I was at shell last week and just now did the math 15.9916 litres/100km or 15US mpg, my car is older and doesn't calculate the consumption.
The trip is zeroed with every full fill and I drive until the red light comes up or I have to refill as will have a long drive.
Sorry for the off topic, just couldn't help it...
 

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26.1mpg in a V6!?? I get 27-28mpg in a V8 :D.
@Turbo You need to find some more enjoyable SLK roads..!! :ROFLMAO:
....sorry about the local weather :(
Yes, We didn't choose the best week to visit Cornwall....
Some more Cornwall pictures from the fishing port of Mevagissey, were We came across this 1936 Austin 7 Ruby Ulster, with a 17hp - 747cc engine...!!
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Very cosy cabin - Guessing a metal folding roof was not standard back then?
(Though it only tips the scales at less than 350Kg - Against 1850kg for My Face Lift R172...)
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And as for boot/trunk space for two weeks of Road Trip luggage.....?
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I honestly don't know how that's even possible either! But I'm am NOT light-footed!!

Even on my trip through Germany (Autobahn) and up to northern Sweden (about a 1300 miles one way) and pushing it HARD through Germany, I still ended up with a total average of about 25-26mpg. Can't remember exactly, I had it written down somewhere but can't find it now..

The best I've ever reached was 32mpg, but that was boring as heck!! :D :D. I used absolutely every shread of knowledge and experience I had with ultra-mileing :).
 
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