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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning All,

Thanks for the comments and suggestions!

Current thought is to take the Eurotunnel and slam down through France but with regular breaks - there are tons of rest areas! - to stretch legs. We may stop halfway overnight. We can then tour around Southern France / Northern Spain gently and then get the ferry back from Santander.

If we don't all manage to pile in the Porker this year, they'll definitely be too big next year!

Sudden thought: If it gets too uncomfortable, I could throw them all out at a suitable train station and race* the train down South!

I've not given up on the idea yet! Thumb Thumb



*ahem, keep a safe and legal pace to meet them at the other end*
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've no chance against the TGV, unless you're in a Turbo Laughing

On a more serious note, the autoroutes are a toal different experience than uk m-ways. 90mph is the norm. No sneaky speed cameras hidden or 'controlled' stretches. No muppets and service stations that have proper licensed restaurants.....and then there's the epic scenery and sunshine.

The worst part of my journey is Lancs to Kent, the rest is joy in comparison.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex is right, the Toll roads in France are smooth as silk surface, cruise at 130kmh, hardly any other cars on them. Speed cameras are scarce & even inform you on huge countdown signs where they are.

I've drove to St Tropez in a single journey and I don't recommend it.

Book a hotel half way, if you go by car and again in Biarritz stop to sleep before Spain. It's a serious long journey if at anytime you get off the toll roads. It's very deceiving just how long it is. If I was in the back of a 911 I'd take sleeping tablets to knock me sparked clean out, because it would be: boring, uncomfortable, claustrophobic, hot, noisy, cramped. To be honest a nightmare. Only takes 1 to feel giddy or travel sick.

Just fly, and be there in a few hours rather than days.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you'll think its great.....

the kids will not
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is everyone south of watford a pansy? Grow some balls and get driving. Any complaints en route, then boot them out.......and remember - no pee breaks until the last one wants a wazz! Thumb

18 avg. hours door to door for me and last time I did the full 1100 miles driving with only stops for fuel, fodder and loo.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
Is everyone south of watford a pansy? Grow some balls and get driving. Any complaints en route, then boot them out.......and remember - no pee breaks until the last one wants a wazz! Thumb

18 avg. hours door to door for me and last time I did the full 1100 miles driving with only stops for fuel, fodder and loo.



I was from up norf .I found its easier to move to Spain and buy a cabriolet when you get there instead . Bandit Grin bye
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scoobydoo1973 wrote:
alex yates wrote:
Is everyone south of watford a pansy? Grow some balls and get driving. Any complaints en route, then boot them out.......and remember - no pee breaks until the last one wants a wazz! Thumb

18 avg. hours door to door for me and last time I did the full 1100 miles driving with only stops for fuel, fodder and loo.



I was from up norf .I found its easier to move to Spain and buy a cabriolet when you get there instead . Bandit Grin bye


Ha ha ha Alex is sadistic, avoid at all costs, he'll trap you in the back of his P&J for over 1000mls across countries. Isn't that people trafficking Grin Floor Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MNC911 wrote:
I Wouldn't take it personally 4 up in a Cabriolet. Attempt a trial run with four sets of luggage, 2 cramped children. It'd be a nightmare, not a holiday. Let them fly down ahead and you take the cabriolet on a road trip Thumb


Its a Coupe but I totally agree. I have been driving all over Europe since I was 17 and love it (40 years plus), but with two kids in the back? How much fun can that be? I love kids but not in the back of the 911 and not for hours and hours. 'Are we nearly there yet'?!!! You could send them down by air with BA as UMs (unaccompanied minors). They would love it!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was from the last time my mate kept farting in the back of my Audi. Easily resolved with a slight relocation.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm.... I'm fully prepared for the driving but am worried that Alex's massive sadistic streak may be swaying me here! My eldest has already complained that his legs feel a bit trapped on longish journeys. He doesn't hit the seat in front (I think) but he can't stretch them at all. I know that feeling from flying long haul in cattle class - not nice.

We could either risk having to boys going mental (they may or may not) or give in and take the Dad wagon (Ford SMax 240bhp!) or bung them on a plane.

Now.... where's my magic 8 ball...... Question
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
I travel down to the South of France once or twice a year. Last time was me, the bird and the dog.


I have images of this being how you pack Floor

 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looked more like this!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:48 am    Post subject: We are go for launch! Reply with quote

Right. Just to prove I am certifiable, we're going ahead with the cunning plan and will be heading for the tunnel tomorrow morning with a prospect of around 2,500 miles Four Up in the C4S! eh!

The Boys (10 & 8 ) are determined that they will be OK in the back. I've removed the backrests as they were actually pushing them forwards and making them more uncomfortable. Extra padding will be in place to ensure head comfort. The wife has actually said that it is now more comfortable in the back and she's prepared to take a spell in the back if required! Bless her!

We have managed to sort the packing into 2 small soft bags for the Froot and there will be one rucksack in the passenger footwell.

Photos to follow, when I get a chance.
This could be epic, or a disaster. Hopefully the former!

Barcelona, here we come. Au revoir/Adios! bye
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck - if the kids and wife have said they are up for it - then that's the deal done...

I just got back from Stuttgart - its nice and easy driving in europe - we had more problems on the M25!

Its the type of journey that you will all remember forever - stop every few hours etc - make it an adventure.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair play to you 4 for all being up for a road trip.

You'll have to write a diary of events so when you get back you'll be able to recall :fuel stops, average speed, distance / hours traveling, stop overs et & give us all a good read.

Well good luck, try to enjoy & above all make some fantastic memories Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Fair play to you 4 for all being up for a road trip.

You'll have to write a diary of events so when you get back you'll be able to recall :fuel stops, average speed, distance / hours traveling, stop overs et & give us all a good read.

Well good luck, try to enjoy & above all make some fantastic memories Thumb


Good idea. Will endeavour to do just that!

Regular stops is going to be the name of the game I think!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:23 pm    Post subject: Question - spare wheel Reply with quote

Just a thought occurred to me.

Is there any point in taking the spare wheel, since in the event of a tyre/wheel problem, we're not going to be able to put the spacesaver on the car and then store the full wheel in the car - no space! I can't imagine a front - let alone a rear wheel will actually fit in the Froot, will it?!

Does the spare actually serve a purpose? Question
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for you. I've just come back from a Eurotrip in my 996 C4S, the most we did in one day was 700 miles, it was so easy. Set the cruise control on 95 mph on the autoroutes and loved every minute. This is a trip everyone will talk about for years. Good for you for sticking with your plan. Very Happy I've keep the spare, just in case, someone will need to have it on their lap if you get a puncture.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Question - spare wheel Reply with quote

jinjaninja wrote:
Just a thought occurred to me.

Is there any point in taking the spare wheel, since in the event of a tyre/wheel problem, we're not going to be able to put the spacesaver on the car and then store the full wheel in the car - no space! I can't imagine a front - let alone a rear wheel will actually fit in the Froot, will it?!

Does the spare actually serve a purpose? Question


Tyre repair kit and breakdown cover....

Not sure you could fit a spare plus luggage for 4....

We didn't take one.
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