Road Trips

#1
The 'Your Vehicular Evolution' got me thinking about some of the trips done in the old motors, armed with a bag of spanners a mole wrench and a screw driver we would happily go anywhere. South to the Mediterranean North to Scandinavia confident in the knowledge of a good time and the ability to keep the motor running.

These 2 or 3 week long trips we used to describe as a road trip, if we went from home to the lake district (2 hour drive ) that was a day out.

I noticed several people now describing going to the beach as a road trip. Its 2 hours away FFS, have times changed so much that no one really travels long distance by road and that a 70 mile drive is a adventure?

For me then and now the journey was always more important than the destination and that ability to change a plan because you looked at a map and that hill/town/river looked interesting a few miles away. Cant do that with GPS.

Do you still go on road trips with the only destination being to arrive back at your house in a week or 2?
 
#2
If anyone tries to organise anything that involves Xbox denial for longer than 24 hours, the whole singlie block goes into lock down!
 
#3
Morrocco and back in my Discovery in1997. Over the Atlas mountains and all that good stuff

Also up to Alaska a couple of times whilst on hols in Canada. Good bear spotting opportunities.


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#4
A colleague at work did the Wacky Rally a month or so ago, which has the potentisal to be a classic road trip.
Lille to Barcelona
http://www.wackyrally.co.uk/routeView.php?title=Barmy to Barcelona 2012&routeId=17

He didn't turn it into a huge piss-up, though which was disappointing. I wouldn't mind a stab at it but I'd have to find some sucker who don't drink so I can get wankered the whole way (I might drive in the afternoon when I'd sober up?)
 
#5
My brother and I once borrowed a pay corporal's bright yellow Mk2 Escort to go from Munster to watch West Ham play. Said pay bloke says "It needs a little choke to get going" so I pulls out the choke which just keeps coming leaving me holding a small black knob with about 3' of wire attached.


We got the car started which showed the next problem - blown exhaust! Bro works in theatre so he nips to med stores to get some plaster of paris bandages and I go to my room for an empty beer can and we make a quick repair. We then spent the next 6 or so hours stopping every other services to repair our repair. If anyone is ever in the same situation I recommend Schocomelk tins as they are made of the most substantial metal!

After the game we went to the Macworth Arms for a few sherbs before kipping in the car for the night. The next day we were in a boozer near Harley Street enjoying a beer or two on the pavement benches with it being such a nice day. A traffic warden came along and told us we were illegally parked but that she wouldn't give us a ticket since we were foreigners (I still love the irony of two Londoners being called that by a woman with the thickest Caribbean accent I've ever heard) anyway a bit of banter ensued and we persuaded her to give us a ticket for a souvenir. We took a lazy swing via the Cambridge Military Hospital QA billets and set off the next morning having re-stocked up on PoP bandages and empty beer cans.

We eventually made it back to Munster where said Pay bloke was having a bit of a hissy fit. I thought you said you were just taking it for a test drive you fuckwits!
 
#6
I think clarkson does it now and then, then once the film is wrapped they call it a challege..
 
#7
I once lent my car to a bunch of the guys to take to Luxemburg on a road trip, I was there when they drove back in. It was missing a wing mirror and they were all climbing out of the windows, absolutely shiters, cos the doors were stuck. Still I was leathered myself so didn't really give a toss.
 
#8
Four Subbies decide on a 'road trip': drive from Episkopi to Kyrenia, have a great lunch and copious quantity of beer and wine, buy a fez each, drive back through Nicosia wearing said fezzes then to the Mess for last orders. Had change out of 20 quid.
 
#10
Road trips are fantastic if you have a decent co-driver. My regular partner is a complete poof when it comes to drinking: he is shitfaced after a couple of drinks and in bed by 22:00, so he does all the morning driving while I sober up.

Recent trips: Budapest - Guinea Bissau (more of an off-road rally), Budapest - Geneva (delivering a mate's Porsche 959), Budapest - Salzburg - Klagenfurt - Vienna - Budapest (visiting all 3 'Babylon' brothels), Budapest - Taormina via Split and Bari (pissup).

It helps if the car is one of the following: seriously flash, extremely comfortable, so bad it's good (e.g. LandRover Defender 110) or very fast. I'm happy with sleeping in a tent on the journey, but I prefer luxury hotels and amazing scoff.
 
#11
1983, 2CV, 1 week: Windsor to Viechtach (SE Germany) via overnight Sheerness-Vlissingen Ferry. Days out from Viechtach including Austria but it was shut (Sunday). Back via Luxembourg.

1986, Citroen Visa II Super E, 15 days: Sunbury to Viechtach (as before), two days there then onto Udine (Italy) and Adriatic via Austria and Switzerland. Couldn't find a camp site so on to Nice (France) and Med. Should have left after two days but the weather was nice in Nice, phoned boss and told him I'd be late back (5 days). From there followed French/German border up to Holland and back from there. Motorways going south, side roads going back.

First child arrived the following year, putting freedom on hold :(
 
#12
A colleague at work did the Wacky Rally a month or so ago, which has the potentisal to be a classic road trip.
Lille to Barcelona
http://www.wackyrally.co.uk/routeView.php?title=Barmy to Barcelona 2012&routeId=17

He didn't turn it into a huge piss-up, though which was disappointing. I wouldn't mind a stab at it but I'd have to find some sucker who don't drink so I can get wankered the whole way (I might drive in the afternoon when I'd sober up?)
That looks a great laugh, might look in to doing it next year. As Dread said though, need a decent co-driver, most of my mates have **** all sense of direction, the map reading skills of a toddler and the drinking ability to match. I wouldn't trust any of the bastards driving anyway.

Last 'roadtrip' I was on was a little potter through the back roads of the highlands. The one before that was a jolly down to Spain, not too amazing on the way down solo, but brilliant on the way back up with company.
 
#14
Did Udine last year for a Mosaic conference. interesting place.
Interesting car park. Due to roadworks in one of the alpine tunnels, arrived there at about 21:00 instead of 15:00. Campsites wouldn't answer their phones, so no pitch for the night. Also, the delay meant that the currency exchange places at the border were closed by the time I got there - got a bit of local currency by filling up at a petrol station, offering a DM100 note and gesturing "take it or leave it." After being kept awake all night by twats on their mopeds attempting doughnuts in the car park, went down to one of the Adriatic beaches, dipped the wife's toe in the water and fucked off to France.
 
#15
Being BAOR based in the early 80's meant a few long weekend trips to points south were had, went to Italy just to have a pizza and broke down on the Brenner Pass in both directions.

Went down to Nice to have a look at the Russian church as we weren't allowed to go to Russia to see the real ones.
 
#16
Over the last 3 years I've driven my LR to Morocco twice and Croatia once. I'm going back to Croatia again in Oct when I get back from theatre.
Never had an issue. Comfy seats, aircon and a pocket full of money. Nav in Morocco was done by lead vehicle. Rest just sort of followed we rotated through so everyone had a go at leading. We were all using toughbooks with MM on for navigation. Worked brilliantly.
Last year when we headed to Croatia we had the outward/inbound ferries booked and knew we wanted to go to Croatia. Apart from that it was done on the hoof. No plan and no itinerary. Loved it. Was self sufficient as we had the D3 loaded to the gunnels with food/water, had the rooftent on the roofrack so could stop literally anywhere and get our heads down. Wouldn't have an other sort of holiday now.
 
#17
A few years ago, motoring west along the M3 in our plum and spilt milk 2CV Charleston, 'er indoors and I were held up by roadworks in the inner lane near Winchester. Had the hood down in the coupe-de-ville position as it was a hot day. Two raffish looking young characters pulled up beside us in an open top Mercedes. Black suits, sunglasses, black ties, definitely not folk to mess with. Suddenly and to my horror the passenger stood up in his seat, drew a revolver from his pocket and fired at me at point blank range. They then drove off at high speed, shrieking with laughter. While I did my best to mop up the water which had drenched my shirt.
 
#18
After spending how many years in jobs which involve driving all over the country, with an itinerary what makes a rock groups' concert tour look like a trip down the street, why the **** would I want to go on a road trip when everything I need is here?
 
#19
A colleague at work did the Wacky Rally a month or so ago, which has the potentisal to be a classic road trip.
Lille to Barcelona
http://www.wackyrally.co.uk/routeView.php?title=Barmy to Barcelona 2012&routeId=17

He didn't turn it into a huge piss-up, though which was disappointing. I wouldn't mind a stab at it but I'd have to find some sucker who don't drink so I can get wankered the whole way (I might drive in the afternoon when I'd sober up?)
That looks a great laugh, might look in to doing it next year. As Dread said though, need a decent co-driver, most of my mates have **** all sense of direction, the map reading skills of a toddler and the drinking ability to match. I wouldn't trust any of the bastards driving anyway.

Last 'roadtrip' I was on was a little potter through the back roads of the highlands. The one before that was a jolly down to Spain, not too amazing on the way down solo, but brilliant on the way back up with company.
For the rally, my mate bought a 1998 Saab 900 fro £350. Slapped a load of green paint on it and couple of No '2's and went as Thunderbird 2. The day after they got back he drove into a scrappies and got £100 for it.

A few weeks after the event, the organisers call him up and ask him to verify his car make and reg. He asks why and they told him the Barcelona plod are trying to trace the owner of an abandoned car in a public park. Apparently they get really pissed-off with Brit car's being dumped at the end of the rally and insist the organisers pass over the owners details ^_^
 
#20
Did Neuwied Zoo to Vienna and back towing a 4 horse trailer with 24 flamingo,s on the way in and 5 chimpanzee,s on the way back,towing vehicle was a exbundeswehr Unimog,also did zurich berlin zurich in a hanomag henschel to pick up a rhino for zurich zoo,my next door neighbour in early 70,s Buckeburg , used to drive to the algarve every year, with his wife 2kids and a german shepherd dog, his car was a citroen 2 cv, said neighbour still does same journey but in a motorhome and he still lives in Der Alte Zollhaus ecke obernkirchener road and buckeburger landstrasse!!
 

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