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  • #83510
    Brian blue
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    442… the longest drive I have made on a regular basis was Geneva to Manchester to geneva. I worked for an American company based in Geneva. Left home in Geneva at 4.30 am in the morning arrived `manchester same day 23.30… No Auto routes then or UK motorways not finished as we know to day , so mostly A roads I had a Cortina E Classs, which was nippy, built to a Swiss specification but had on going problems with electrics which Ford never solved, loved the car though. I also did Leipzig to Salzburg which was a long drive in a Audi A8 I am not doing those kind of distances anymore

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    #83517
    Anonymous
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    Brian… Cheers, Currently doing some mileage and love the road, I developed a fear of flying about 2 years ago. Now I commute between turkey and London along the old crusader land route. I feel totally honoured to see the world driving. And the routes to and through Salzburg are simply incredible. Love driving the alps, and out into Slovenia. now that’s a seriously beautiful country. Most of the Balkans are… I just think my irrational fear has enabled me to see some of the earths stunning scenes. Amazing what a change of pace can do.

    I do it in a Freelander 2 and I squeeze about 630 miles a tank out of it.

    Anyone else have any particular routes they absolutely F-ing love driving? School shopping runs dont count… unless thats your thing.

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    #83521
    Hightown hopeHightown hope
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    442 – 2 routes spring to mind for me. A couple of years ago, the wife and I drove a large part of the Atlantic Way down the west coast of Ireland. Oh my God, it was a beautiful part of the world. From Malin Head at the most northern part of the island of Ireland down to the cliffs of Moher in County Clare, so through Donegal, Mayo and Galway was just simply stunning, and certainly north of Galway pretty unspoilt by tourism. Can well recommend it! The other is the road from Whistler to Jasper and then down to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. Round every corner there is another spectacular waterfall, snow capped mountain or glacier. Just beautiful.

    Anyway got to go and drive the beautiful East Lancs A580 through Salford in to Manchester now!

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    #83530
    Anonymous
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    Hightown, sounds lovely… Enjoy the road… Anyone done the route around the top of Scotland? Any recommendations if so?

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    #83531
    D1rtyH4rryD1rtyH4rry
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    The wife and I honeymooned in Italy last year. Florence to Siena is beautiful. Tuscany is littered with view spots and medieval architecture. I remember going over the Millau Viaduct in the south of france as a teenager and being wowed by it.
    I also took a train from Vienna to Innsbruck with a stop over in Salzburg, and I can confirm it is stunning. I am a big fan of alpine scenery though. I blame the well constructed sets in the sound of music.
    Anyone remember the top gear episode a few years back trying to find the worlds best road. I think they settled on somewhere in Romania.

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    #83534
    Anonymous
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    Yeah Dirty Harry… this one wasnt it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxLlPISzK-M

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    #83536
    D1rtyH4rryD1rtyH4rry
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    442 – That’s the one. Maybe we should organise some form of unofficial gumball rally with forum users.

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    #83537
    nine nine nine
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    The coast route from Napoli to Amalfi is a hell of a ride spectacular but not for the faint hearted.

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    #83538
    D1rtyH4rryD1rtyH4rry
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    9 – Yeah a racing game I used to play had the amalfi coast as a track and it was amazing. I not good with heights though, so would you say to avoid in real life and stick to my virtual rendition?

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    #83540
    nine nine nine
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    Harry, probably a good choice buddie hearts in mouth time and that’s without adding in the Italian drivers.?

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    #83548
    Brian blue
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    Hightown….I use the A580 to go to Bents, also many, many years ago I entered 25 mile cycle races along the road, 1949/50 period…ealy starts

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    #83549
    Brian blue
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    Nothing better than a good drive in a nice car

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    #83559
    Hightown hopeHightown hope
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    Brian…Bents is just down the road, 3 or 4 miles from me. Wouldn’t fancy cycling on the Lancs now!

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    #84067
    Brian blue
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    Hightown…they do a nice lunch. No, I would not like to race down it now on a bike but it was a popular event for North West Cyclist. I think the record was just under the hour, something like 59.30…I was always a cup of tea and a sandwich behind that!!!!

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    #84535
    Anonymous
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    Brain, how long is a cup of tea and sandwich in minutes, seconds or hours? 🙂

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    #84536
    Anonymous
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    Anyone ever had a bike and side car? the old romantic in me wants to drive across europe with a dog riding passenger with his tongue out.

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    #84652
    Brian blue
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    442…a cup of tea and sandwich was 12 minutes!!!!! I had a Matchless twin 500cc with Watsonian sidecar when first married, could not afford car. I loved it.

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    #84700
    nine nine nine
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    I can’t believe you’re 86 Brian you have such a positive and youthful outlook and are up to date on everything. I just hope I can get to 86 and be as good as you are. Cheers 9’s

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    #84717
    Anonymous
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    Mr Blue, a very sexy machine. Just googled it. Would love one of those now. Not may bikes with sidecars going on ebay, ones that are are a bit pricey

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    #84835
    Brian blue
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    Not quiet 86 yet Nine but July coming up fast and I have a lot to do in life yet. I am having a go at composing music at the moment on my keyboards since I cannot get on a bycle or ride a motorbike again. I would be OK at driving but the weight of the machines would get me down…at least the ones I like

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