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Old 23.01.2015, 21:32
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Yeah, I've done the leave work in Zurich and drive-drive-drive with a stop at Carrefour at Mulhouse on the way. That includes northern France in fog at 130mph....

I had to stop on the M25 and get a Travelodge - I can't remember but I think I took the tunnel too.

Best I've done Zurich-Calais is 6 hours and a few minutes. In the time before cameras....!

If I'm on my own, I do it still in one leg - I did Ticino to northern Kent like that this summer and took a cheapo ferry because I was on my own. The train is totally worth it - but there was an incident on the train that day and trucks were queuing up and out of Dover to get on ferries because of the problem. It was on this day: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...y-9589242.html

I usually stop around Metz on each leg. Firstly because it's a lovely city and secondly, it makes it less of a rush. It's all part of the annual adventure - we'll repeat it this summer.

Also it's worth being flexible about the days you travel.....makes the whole thing less stressful etc etc etc. And it's totally worth using the car.....I had to leave some stuff and I have a pretty reasonable load space that I had to use creatively.....with 3 x 19" alloys in there and the space-saver space left behind to get one underneath...!

For 4-5 days, planes and trains are the order of the day
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Absolutely, plane for short trips. But when we go, we visit family and friends all over- and normally do 2 weeks minimum- and then bring back clothes and all sorts of goodies- for ourselves and for friends. Some goodies we brought back in November actually went back with daughter and family after Christmas- as we brought stuff back which was never claimed, and which we do not use.

Tom1234- OH's job meant that he was used to working at night very long hours- so not so much a problem for him. He would drive 2.5-3 hrs- then I'd take over for 1.5 hr. And if at any time the driver felt drowsy, would just pull into 'aire' and have a snooze and then black coffee. We had it down to a T.
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Tom1234- OH's job meant that he was used to working at night very long hours- so not so much a problem for him. He would drive 2.5-3 hrs- then I'd take over for 1.5 hr. And if at any time the driver felt drowsy, would just pull into 'aire' and have a snooze and then black coffee. We had it down to a T.
I've driven all night in more interesting parts of the world. I think my record is about 22 hours at the wheel relying on adrenaline to keep me awake.

But, on the near-empty autoroutes in France, it's just too relaxing.
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Thank you all for the generous informations!!! I don't know how to quote all of your replies in one post, still a newbie in EF. Thank you thank you~~~~
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I've driven all night in more interesting parts of the world. I think my record is about 22 hours at the wheel relying on adrenaline to keep me awake.

But, on the near-empty autoroutes in France, it's just too relaxing.
22hours at the wheel? U might hit the Guinness book of record. Lol! Wow! Where were u heading?
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22hours at the wheel? U might hit the Guinness book of record. Lol! Wow! Where were u heading?
Tulsa. And he still had two hours to go
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

I had a lot of LHD's in the UK without an issue (the car parking ticket aspect being the only issue)

Now I have a RHD in France, what a twist of fate, does get me some attention on the roads and sadly some rude comments, but oh well, I saved a heap and love the car
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Tulsa. And he still had two hours to go
...if that was the case he had the benefit of super-sized prayer on the other end

During my Rice U years I used to do Houston-NJ (can't remember the exit, but it was north, Essex) in 32 hours. Age does wierd things to the brain, I'd never consider it now. Well maybe the distance, but different start/finish points!
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Tulsa. And he still had two hours to go
Bawahahahaa! I love EF!

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I had a lot of LHD's in the UK without an issue (the car parking ticket aspect being the only issue)

Now I have a RHD in France, what a twist of fate, does get me some attention on the roads and sadly some rude comments, but oh well, I saved a heap and love the car
Great! I don't have to worry about my husband then. I will update how it goes after we experience it. LOL

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...if that was the case he had the benefit of super-sized prayer on the other end

During my Rice U years I used to do Houston-NJ (can't remember the exit, but it was north, Essex) in 32 hours. Age does wierd things to the brain, I'd never consider it now. Well maybe the distance, but different start/finish points!
Wow! People here so pro in driving. I never heard of anybody can drive so long.
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