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21. Posted by dadmin (Full Member 9 posts) 9y

Not a drive really, but a pushbike ride -- around Australia in 6 months. 9,652 miles in those days (1970) Lots of people do it nowadays, about 15 each year, mostly from Japan, but very few Australians. I guess they know how loooong it is. The longest one-day ride was on another trip in in Europa from Koblenz in Germany back home to Holland: 320 km in 26 hours. I had planned to overnight in the south of Holland, but it rained, and a big festival was on just down the road in Nijmegen, so I decided I might as well keep going. I was so tired I almost had to get off my bike and walk up a hill just before I got home, but having crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps without ever having to walk, I thought it would be unheard of to get off and walk in flat ole Holland...

22. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting Isadora

The longest drive I've done was Chicago, Illinois to Moscow

Wow, that must have been some trip;)

It was! I had to keep driving around on the ship's deck, in a circle at that, until we reached solid ground again!! Land Ho!!! I think I'm really dizzy...

You could have just crossed the Bering strait in winter Isa;)

23. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Quoting cplford

Utrech, if you can AVERAGE 130 Km/Hr in Australia, you must have brought your own car with you AND your own roads!

Roads in Australia are equally as good as in the Netherlands, the tarred ones that is And do you think Australian cars can't drive 130? And it was on some parts, between Alice and Tennant in about 4 hours which is almost 130 on average, with a few short stops. Of course in the southeast and east and around villages that is not possible. And 130 is the maximum speed limit in the NT, so I was not even violating anything Although I was a bit disappointed that just a few months before there was not any speed limit on several roads in NT
The balloon rider did a trip from Alice to Darwin in 8 least he said. Let it be 10, still 160 km an hour

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

hell yeah, our campervan in oz was a little 1983 mitsibushi wagon n we cud get 120 km/h out of her until she started to shake.
shes in my pics, quie a delicate little thing.

When we were driving in the outback and we saw a road train coming from the opposite direction, we had to do all the windows up and hold on for dear life!!! We would swing from side to side haha

did u ge that Utrect?

25. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

LOL, yeah, I get it. Funny though that someone who is living in Australia doesn't think it is possible While he hasn't even been there!'s Utrecht;)

26. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

My Dad drove us 17 hours back from Virginia beach when we were teenagers. Long, long, long drive and I made the mistake of drinking a huge iced tea right before we left.

The longest driving trip I took was with my grandparents, who took my sister and I on a summer road trip to Gaspé when I was about 14. Mt Grandfather must have driven 8 hour a day, every day, for 5 days up and down the mountains. The scenery was lovely, but we wre all a little nauseous. The highlight was my Grandmother playing Elvis' Blue Chrstmas full blast as we rode with the windows open.

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

Quoting tway

The highlight was my Grandmother playing Elvis' Blue Chrstmas full blast as we rode with the windows open.

Thats another thing......... songs or albums that remind us of our road trips.

Our van in Oz only had a cassette player, and at the time , here in the uk had stopped making cassettes, so we assumed that was the case in Australia to. So all the way from Sydney we'd been listneing to crappy radio stations, until we stopped for petrol at a garage in Townsville. I remember it so clearly, I remember going in to pay and at the counter was a shelf full of cassettes. My face lit up!

I bought
Maroon 5 - Songs about jane
Greenday album - American idiot (already had on CD)
Eminem - (already had it on CD)

As i walked out the garage and showing them to my friend i will never forget her face.

Whenever i hear any of these songs playiong from these albums it just reminds me of ''having the time of my life'' (Greenday).

However!!.... I cannot bring myself to listen to Maroon 5 ever ever again. Honestly my friend insisted on playing them all throughout the outback, were talking 7/8 hours a day, i know theyre songs are good and everything but oh my god, songs about jane...i never wanna hear that album again!!!!!!

Another quick one, when I hear all saints 'pure shores' it just reminds me of sitting on maya bay in thailand cus of it being 'the beach' themetune!

28. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I can totally sympathise with you Nicip now everytime I hear certain songs like Pretty Fly by Offspring I'm expecting the next song to be Garbage Cherry lips. Three tapes and 44000 km around Australia did that to me. Especially crossing the Nullarbor three times, there are no radiostations except when you come into town they have "tourist" station telling you about local agriculture and racing ;). Love the country so much now I'm living here Pretty Fly for the white guy......

29. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 9y

Cairns to Melbourne.
3 days.. once took us 2.5.. terrible, long hot, painful.. you know how it is

30. Posted by Loulabella (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

when i was 6 my parents decided it would be a fun family bonding activity to pull my brother sister and i out of school and drive around australia for 4 months. it was horrible. infact i think it was the beginning of my intense dislike for this awful gigantic sunburnt continent....