Road Trips: Routes, Photos and Videos!

mjn

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Sunset over the island








Getting our feet wet, to cool off.



Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/etc) - 9 hours / 204 miles
 

mjn

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2018 Euro Alpine Road Trip

Day 5 - R and R

With no miles to drive today, we spent the day at the beach and just generally lazing around :)

The beach, with blue skies



The view from the local caves



Taking a mud bath!!





Time for food and more beer! The 2nd best rated restaurant on Krk! Citta Vecchio!







The small streets around town.







And a bed time beer :)



Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/etc) - 2.5 hours / 42 miles
 

mjn

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2018 Euro Alpine Road Trip

Day 6 - More Croatia

Due to somebody reading the ferry timetable incorrectly (i.e. me!) we had a 6am wake up, rather than 8am. Oops. I thought the ferry off the island was 9.45am.......it wasn't, it was 7.45am! Ah well, on we go.

In the queue for the ferry.....well, kinda. Once again i messed up, lol. The ferry goes to the island of Rab. And then i thought there was a bridge to the mainland. Well, there isn't, it was another ferry!



All aboard!!



Pretty decent view.









And onto the next ferry!







Really packed in.



Now on the mainland, we headed up the mountain pass, the Veliki Alan Pass













Seems like a nice place to stop for food.





 

mjn

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Vratnik Pass



Our next hotel was in the town of Rijeka which involved a cruise along the Adriatic Highway, which was absolutely stunning. However, Rijeka was not due to the weather. Thunderstorms and a lot of rain!





We ate out at Restaurant Trsatica.



Starter for 2



Platter for 2 to share



And a seabass




Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/etc) - 5 hours / 123 miles
 

mjn

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2018 Euro Alpine Road Trip

Day 7 - Heading Towards Home

But first, some snacks!





And of course, we couldn't leave Croatia without some of their beer :)



En route to the Vrsic Pass









Good News :D



At the foot of the pass









The summit, complete with sleeping animals on the roads :)













 

mjn

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A very strange descent into Austria (via the Wurzenpass. Every hairpin / corner was cobblestones!



Random photos







The view from the hotel room



Tonight's activities?



The restaurant is a short walk away and the trees are all carved with different animals / people.











Restaurant with bonfire.





Can't have food without?



Bratwurst and veg.




Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/etc) - 8 hours / 242 miles
 

mjn

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2018 Euro Alpine Road Trip

Day 8 - It takes how long to get through the German border?

Staying in a hotel close to the Nocklam Pass and starting at 9am, meant we had the road to ourselves! Until we got to the top when some cows decided to block the way down





The summit











The view











From there we head towards Germany over a few minor and our last passes of the trip :(















 

mjn

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Leaving the mountains behind we get stuck in a traffic jam that takes us an hour to drive 6 miles. We finally discover the cause, German border patrol. A quick chat with the officer and we're on our way on the Autobahn. A few miles after the border and we see everybody's favourite sign, yup, the derestricted sign! Foot down and 150mph on the speedo. Doing 150mph means we can arrive at the final hotel for some.....can you guess?

Yup, ice cold beer!



And more breaded pork



As a side note; cheap Chinese centre caps do not like 150mph! I lost 3!

Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/etc) - 8.5 hours / 331 miles
 

mjn

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2018 Euro Alpine Road Trip

Day 9 - More Authobahn

Final day. We start with more Autobahn. More 150mph until Luxembourg. More cheap diesel. More pizza.

We arrive at the Eurotunnel earlier than planned and get an earlier train.





Some final stats of the trip. And 352.33 litres of diesel :D



Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/etc) - 12 hours / 601 miles
 

mjn

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Barbs77

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@mjn done it again... Amazing trip thanks for sharing.

2019 I am venturing abroad again by car to Strasbourg for the International Wind meet. Will asking advice nearer the time if that's ok?
 

mjn

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@mjn done it again... Amazing trip thanks for sharing.

2019 I am venturing abroad again by car to Strasbourg for the International Wind meet. Will asking advice nearer the time if that's ok?
Of course, no worries :smashin:
 

mjn

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2019 Euro Alpine Trip

Day 1 - Early Start and the Strip Club

With the train booked for 6.50am, it meant leaving the house at 4am! Every year i say this is too early, and that next year the train will be a more civilised time! But then i always book the early train. I need to learn!

The hotel for the night is in Bern, Switzerland, so after a quick route via Luxembourg for cheap (€1.09.9 / litre) diesel it was a case of hugging the east of France down to Switzerland.

Having a break / refreshment.





Finding the hotel was no problem and upon pulling up saw what looked like a bar and thought, "excellent, food and beer on site" but........

Whilst the hotel was pretty nondescript.....



There was a strip club attached to the end of the hotel!



And this being Switzerland, i doubt i could afford the entrance fee, let alone a private dance :happyanim:

Deciding to forgo the strip club, beer and food was acquired elsewhere.







It had been a long day, so an early night, to recover for the proper roads was much needed.

Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/Eurotunnel/etc) - 13 hours / 688 miles

 

mjn

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Day 2 - Early morning trains and car transporter

It's 4am and i've just been woken up by a train. No problem, i roll over and go back to sleep. It's 4.20am and i've been woken up again. It's 4.40am, woken up again......yup, every 20 mins a train goes past the hotel. I peer out the window and i can pretty much reach the trains!



Still, looks to be a nice day.





When i planned this route, i didn't notice that the Mittaltunnel is actually a car train required tunnel!





Wasn't long before the otherside appeared.



And hardly any clouds in the sky, fantastic weather.





Starting to get closer to the Furka / Grimsel / Susten / Gotthard Loop







The "Loop" and as you can see, the weather is excellent compared to a few years ago when it was all fogged out.

















 

mjn

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The Furka, which some people will recognise from the James Bond film Goldfinger





















Who says Switzerland is expensive?



Leaving the Furka behind.





Gotthard Pass







More roadworks.



Continuing on the loop.

 

mjn

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The Grimsel Pass








Small detour to Panoramastrasse Oberaar. Access to this is a one way road, which opens once an hour :)



















Leaving the Pa, carry on with the "loop"





Still plenty of snow in parts.



Susten Pass







Hotel for the night in the small town of Hospental.



Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/food/etc) - 7 hours / 199 miles
 

mjn

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Day 3 - Chruch bells

Day 3 started much in the same way as day 2.....bloody early. Church bells in Hospental ring all bloody night, on the hour, every hour! And at 6am, they ring for 3 minutes continously!

Ok, lets go.

First pass of the day? Oberralpass





Why is there a lighthouse at the top? I'm not sure, anybody?





Next up? Ospizio del Lucomagno, also known as Lukmanierpass



The fella with the yellow stall was a very enthusiastic cheese seller. He nearly had me roped in, but i resisted!!





From there, over to Strada del Pass, also known as San Bernadino Pass











From there, over to one my favourite passes, the Spulga Pass

The view from Switzerland, looking into Italy



The view from Italy, looking into Switzerland



 

mjn

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On the way down from Spulga









Then straight to the Julierpass which was fairly busy.





Picked up a souvenir present for somebody.



And another for somebody else.



Time to go.



Hotel for the night.



As the day went on, i could see the rain clouds gathering......



But that wasn't going to stop the beer!!!



And then more beer.



Food.





Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/food/etc) - 7 hours / 198 miles
 

mjn

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Day 4 - New roads

Heading east, saw a small detour, but first.....the Fluela Pass.

Although the previous night's rain had stopped, roads were still pretty wet.









As the day got on, it started to brighten up :smashin:



This year, saw another new route. This time the Kaunertal Glacier Scenic Road.

On the winding road near the base you see the 10th largest "rubble" damn in Europe.







From the top of the damn.















First corner.



Making progress.



Starting to climb.



 

mjn

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Near the top.









The top.









Heading back down, the alternative route was taken. However, some cows had a different idea!

 

mjn

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Back down and onto the Gurglerstrasse







And final pass of the day, the Timmelsjoch.







The Timmelsjoch had been completely resurfaced on the Italian side!













Anybody want to guess which pass this is?



Here is a clue......



Hotel for the day and the first beer.





Total driving time (including stops/fuel ups/food/etc) - 8.25 hours / 237 miles
 

mjn

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Day 5 - Beer Shopping and car trouble

And day 5, the midway point. Weather looking a little gloomy from the hotel balcony :(





More meat and cheese and bread for breakfast!



Saw the biggest slug next to the car.



At the base of the Grossglockner is a little craft brewery. If you like beer, you visit this place. They also do brewery tours where you can watch the beer being made.





Picked up 36 bottles.



Start the climb to the Grossglockner toll.



Bit foggy.





And then, disaster!!



The filter is original and has covered 160k miles, so has done well. The next hotel is at the top of the Grossglockner, so no point stopping now.

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