What a great car
At 21:25 (cet) on the evening of Thursday 25th September 2008 Paddy Halliwell and Andy Lelean departed England, via the Eurotunnel, to France. With the intention of seeing how many countries they could visit in the following 24 hours.......
Countries Visited -
England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Start Time - 21:25 (cet)
Start Location - Eurotunnel Station, Folkestone, England
Finish Time - 19:10 (cet)
Finish Location - Bosnia (near Veliki Obljaj)
cet = Central European Time (GMT + 2 hours)
Vehicle - Volvo V70 D5 SE
Mileage - 1,185 (1,896 km)
Time - 21 hours 45 minutes
Average Speed (incl stops) - 54 mph (87 kph)
Average Speed (driving) - 61 mph (97 kph)
Max Speed - 134 mph (216 kph) - downhill, with tailwind, on unrestricted section of German Autobahn
Average MPG - 44.0 mpg (6.4 litres/100km)
Fuel Stops - 3 (Darren I want to see how many you manage in your RS4!)
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It should be noted that the times and distances are between subsequent entries into each new country. So when it says Liechtenstein = 118 miles, this means that we travelled 118 miles after entry into Liechtenstein before entry into Italy. However most of these miles were in Austria (which at that stage wasn't a new country).
The following countries were visited only briefly and were not transited (The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Bosnia)
NB: only 1 of these is made up
In car on way to channel Tunnel
P: So, how cold do you think it will be in Oslo?
A: Oslo? we're not going to Oslo. We're going to Bosnia
P: Yeah, right - that's funny
A: No, really, we are going to Bosnia
P: Well in that case I've really packed all the wrong clothes.
(original plan was to go to Oslo - oops, he must have missed that email - it's all in the preparation and planning)
P: So how many people live in Liechtenstein?
A: I don't know would you like to meet them
Swiss Border Guard: what is the nature of your visit to Switzerland?
SBG: Where will you be visiting?
A: Just over there (points 200 meters down the road)
SBG: And how long will you be staying?
A: Oh, about 1 minute, what do you think Paddy
P: Mmmm, could be 2 or 3, we need to takes some photos as well
A: About 3 minutes
Paddy phoning his Credit card company
P: I thought I should call and let you know that I'm going to be abroad
CCC: What countries will you be visiting?
P: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia
CCC: How many weeks will you be away for?
P: 3 days
CCC: uhhhh, ummmmm, errrr, okay, I'll update your records
Sarah (via SMS): I hope you are buying me a present from all of these countries?
During the night shift
P: Isn't is funny how sometimes you see things that aren't really there
A: Maybe it's time for me to drive
30 minutes after getting back into his Audi A4
P: My back is killing me already - do you think I could buy some Volvo seats
and get them fitted in this?