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1. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

Just returned from Scotland, how exciting, id never been there before - its stunning.
I live in Hereford,England which is down by the South Wales border.
Reason I had to go to Scotland - Perth to be precise, is because my dad is in the horseracing business and had a horse running there yesterday. He asked me to go to share the drving. Stayed over lastnight and drove back this 5am this morning... and i drove the whoe leg! Seven and a half hours driving a big horsebox with a horse in! You have to be really carefull not making any sudden movements n go really really slow round bends with the horse in - tedious at times.

Anyway just reminds me of the good ol days in my campervan in the Australian outback driving up to Eight hours a day!!!

But the record was ten hours. Covered One thousand kilometres in Ten hours in Australia, not bad aye? (just petrol stops)
I remember getting out of the van and i couldnt walk properly and my ass was stiff for days ha.

And i will never forget the overnight bus journey in Thailand from Bangkok - Phuket. This is a different scenario as i was a passenger and not driving. Was supposed to take 13 hours...........hmmmmmm more like 23 hours!!!!!!!!! seriously!

Anyway feel free to share

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 1, 2007, at 10:55 AM by Nicip ]

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

ten thousand kilometres in ten hours - that must have been some camper van

3. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

lol what am i on about ten thousand

I mean one thousand

haha tha would of been incredable

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Australia is perfect for covering hundreds of kilometers in little time. Did a few legs earlier this year with an average of about 130 kilometers an hour, you don't need to slow down at all.
Although I don't mind seeing something (of course), travelling can also be fun just because of the travelling itself.
Haven't done the Transsiberian so far, but did a 36 hour train ride in Turkey a couple of years ago from Erzurum to Istanbul, really nice but painfully slow, bus is almost twice as fast.

I also drove to the North Cape from the Netherlands, not straight of course but we covered about 10,000 kilometers in a month, but had surprisingly many nights in most places, it's just getting there in the first place which is 3300 km already. Just love it.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

I don't have a driver's license, so I can only offer my busride from hell: Magdeburg-Kiev, 1600 km, scheduled to arrive after 26 hours of Polish and Ukrainian backroads - but arriving after 36 hours. The bus was late coming from Paris and then we got delayed for over 8 hours at the German-Polish border because some passengers had trouble with their papers. Never again if I can help it!

6. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

I wasn't driving as i was young at the time. But it would have to be Melbourne to Brisbane in 3 days. It took so long because there were bushfires in NSW at the time and we had to detour all the way inland to Dubbo and around. Must have been around 2,500km all up. It gets boring very quick!

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 1, 2007, at 6:23 PM by BillyPyro ]

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting BillyPyro

I wasn't driving as i was young at the time. But it would have to be Melbourne to Brisbane in 3 days. It took so long because there were bushfires in NSW at the time and we had to detour all the way inland to Dubbo and around. Must have been around 2,500km all up. It gets boring very quick!

So, those bushfires were started by you I assume...;)

8. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting BillyPyro

I wasn't driving as i was young at the time. But it would have to be Melbourne to Brisbane in 3 days. It took so long because there were bushfires in NSW at the time and we had to detour all the way inland to Dubbo and around. Must have been around 2,500km all up. It gets boring very quick!

So, those bushfires were started by you I assume...;)

Billy-Pyro(maniac)?

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 2, 2007, at 2:49 AM by Herr Bert ]

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10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

21 hours on a coach from Darwin to Alice Springs - we actually drove through some bush fires on the Stuart Highway which was an amazing sight - I was sure we were going to have to turn back and I could feel the heat against the windows.