I'm planning a trip down to Hereford tomorrow to look at a van, I'm really looking forward to the 350 miles round trip, not had a good run for ages, this is of course in the car where I'll be doing 80ish for quite a bit hopefully as it'll be 3-4am when I set off, in the van we do tend to do less in one hit since retiring, but if we don't have a long time away we will still get there in one or two hops depending on where we want to be wandering around, I fancy another trip up to Skye before the midges wake up, and we have done that in one hit when working and leaving at 5 pm, I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore though.
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Nope, quite happy to do the 2200km to Portugal in three 700km stretches. But need to break the journeys and stop three or four times to stretch and function.
Was planning the 3300km drive to Turkey this year but things might be changing on that.
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Years ago i would drive the 1600km from home in the UK to the wifes home in northern Spain only stopping for fuel and toilet sleeping only about 4 hours on route 2 of which was on the ferry today the same journey in the motor home takes at least 2 weeks
When we were younger and the kids more malleable we all used to go to Cornwell on holiday.
In those days it took between 8 and 12 hours travelling time and I just got on and did it, with a few stops for comfort breaks, and arrive in the early hours of the morning.
Park by the sea front, have a couple of hours kip in the car and then go and find somewhere to pitch up the trailer tent and felt bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in anticipation of the holiday.
And almost non stop driving again when going home after the holiday.
Now an hour and a half to two hours is a maximum in France.
After driving round islands in and around towns and villages (don't the French love their traffic islands ?), the slowing and speeding up again, the passages, chicanes and speed humps in every village, the 'route barrée' signs sending you miles out of your way and two hours seems like a lot longer when travelling on French roads.
I know mine is an age thing and have to bow to less driving time but it does bring up unexpected stops in towns and villages we'd never heard of and most of them are well worth a visit – perhaps only a short visit.
The fact I'm still driving at all is a bonus and I hope to continue for some time yet.
This is a video of one stop we made last year – outside temperature around 38 deg and after a long drive it was almost like an oasis to find somewhere serving frites and a seat under the trees -