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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1638558
22/01/2020 18:38
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Pah, if my mighty puny 16NA can do it... I've got a picture of the pressure sensor value at the top: engine off, it's about 700mB.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: barnacle] #1638560
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Originally Posted by barnacle
Pah, if my mighty puny 16NA can do it... I've got a picture of the pressure sensor value at the top: engine off, it's about 700mB.



You weren't on a flat bed were Neil? tongue

Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Countrycruising] #1638568
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Originally Posted by Countrycruising
In a 20v n/a I'd tackle that section of roads heading down from the North, going up the altitude will mean you'll be having to work that engine hard and if you have any electrical gremlins you'll find them, DaveG knows this from experience.


Oh how lucky then Joe it looks like we will be heading up the hairpins working that 20v but hopefully not having any electrical gremlins. Anything in particular I should check before?


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1638570
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Make sure your brakes don't squeak, the pads/discs have plenty of life, your brake fluid is fresh, and your handbrake works!

I could be wrong, but approaching the top from either side still means you have reach the same elevation crazy

The rubbish turning circle in a 20vt means that oncoming traffic might cause you a problem, but you should be OK in the 20v.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1638571
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Should be okay this time the turbo coupe that we went in 2018 is now been replaced with an n/a so no squeal brakes now.

Oh yeh same elevation but definitely a more gradual incline from the south than when compared withthe approach from North. The approach from the south I think might have allowed me to take a more sweeping hairpin oh and the overall lack of traffic meant no 3 point turns.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1638587
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I feel I need to apologise to Rosso, at start of thread I thought the tour was a club tour and asked a couple of inappropriate questions. Now of course realise it’s a personal tour, apologies. Newbi error.

Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1638602
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No need to apologise, I thought you asked because you had been considering your own trip. Anyway that might give you some idea of costs and possible routes.

For the future I think a group coupe tour to Italy would be a great great adventure and certainly something I'd be up for.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1638603
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Cheers, onward and upwards.

Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642201
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Getting closer... and all going well it will be another great road trip to Italy for 2020 in the Coupé.

We're hopefull for restrictions to be lifted by then with a safe journey and to keep updated with latest travel.

Looking forward to the journey to through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

And look forward to seeing coupé friends again.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642202
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I hope it takes place and goes smoothly for you Brian. No Italian road trip for me this year but am thinking of taking Doris when I am working for a month in Gibraltar in September. Probably get the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff and then down the west coast of France, or to Santander and then straight through middle of Spain. No aircon in Doris so time to roast again...


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642204
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That will be awesome run and I hope you get the go ahead. How are the roads in France to drive in comparison?

There's certainly hope that it will and we are sticking with all the bookings and to keep updated with border crossing changes. It will no doubt be a different experience in many ways and I expect it will be less busy too which cant be a bad thing.

Well I tried to get the aircon up and running on the 20vt before the trip in 2018 but it just wasn't happening and I don't have that worry on the 20v as hasn't got any so it will be windows down and sunroof open...still trying to find something that could help with keeping the dogs as cool as possible chinny


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642205
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The roads in France were excellent, but expensive if using the toll roads. Will be interesting to see if any difference between the east and west of the country. I have never driven in Spain so that will be an experience to report back on. I would get a couple of the JML chillmax gel pillows for your dogs, around a tenner each. They work really well and you don't need to put them in the freezer etc


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642207
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Originally Posted by Rosso
That will be awesome run and I hope you get the go ahead. How are the roads in France to drive in comparison?

There's certainly hope that it will and we are sticking with all the bookings and to keep updated with border crossing changes. It will no doubt be a different experience in many ways and I expect it will be less busy too which cant be a bad thing.

Well I tried to get the aircon up and running on the 20vt before the trip in 2018 but it just wasn't happening and I don't have that worry on the 20v as hasn't got any so it will be windows down and sunroof open...still trying to find something that could help with keeping the dogs as cool as possible chinny


Ex FI drivers iced waistcoat should do the trick, at least for. few hours.

Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Ballypete] #1642213
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Originally Posted by Ballypete
The roads in France were excellent, but expensive if using the toll roads.


Drove back from the 20th anniversary in Turin through France to Calais; didn't touch a toll road all the way. A bit slower perhaps, but so what? I was on holiday, not commuting!

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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Ballypete] #1642226
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Originally Posted by Ballypete
The roads in France were excellent, but expensive if using the toll roads. Will be interesting to see if any difference between the east and west of the country. I have never driven in Spain so that will be an experience to report back on. I would get a couple of the JML chillmax gel pillows for your dogs, around a tenner each. They work really well and you don't need to put them in the freezer etc


As a plan B if the ferry to Ijmuiden is not going we are looking at that Euro tunnel route through France and Brussels and stopping overnight just outside of Frankfurt.

Ill check the gel pillows out anything to make there journey couped up in the coupe will make life easier.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642427
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Vignette has arrived...

And today great news is the Newcastle to IJmuiden ferry starts back mid July.

Then the significant travel news from the UK government to the agreed airbridges that will almost cover all our route from Scotland to Italy.

So all going well and hopefully the Scottish government will follow soon then it should be a GREEN light to go for for our Italian Road Trip of September 2020.

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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642459
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Great News!

Not sure where Scotland is with its arrangements - but I am sure they will be fine by the time departure time comes. If not you could do the worst thing and just describe yourself as "British" :-)

Looking forward to hearing of your adventures as you go and wishing your a fantastic trip.

I've been lax in organising anything this year- due to the covid panic - so hat's off to you for arranging this and keeping the faith of finding some sun in your coupe!!

Regards

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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Master_Mariner] #1642474
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Well an update as of

Tuesday - greatly significant travel news from Scotland's government is the agreed airbridges that will cover our route from Scotland to Italy. Through Netherlands, Germany, Austria Switzerland and Italy.

And yesterdays great news was the UK Newcastle to Netherlands IJmuiden ferry starts back on July 15.

So a GREEN light to go for for our Italian Road Trip of September 2020.


Thanks MM, there is the joy of driving these roads and there's also lots you miss whilst behind the wheel of course though we will make sure there are plenty of photo stop opportunities taken.

By the time our last night at the hotel we were staying at last year came around we had decided to book again for this year. Of course a lot has changed in these last few months and everything was booked but on top of everything else that's been going on I've had my fingers crossed for it going ahead.


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642477
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Great news Brian, fingers crossed it stays that way


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642478
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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642515
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Brian, I'm driving to Berlin on Wednesday via the tunnel/Calais/Belgium/Holland/Germany - will let you know if there are any issues. Last I heard, the toilets are open on the autobahns smile


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642519
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Have a nice trip are you going in the coupe or Bravo?

Thanks Neil that would be great. I'd never even thought about the toilets but a very good point.

I've read some reports of possiblities of being asked for certificates to say your covid free not sure there's any truth in them. I've certainly not seen anything of them on government websites.


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Here you go boys......and girls laugh

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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642523
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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642540
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Taking the Bravo - the coupe is sorn until the move is sorted out, then we'll see what to do with it.

There's a form available from the eurotunnel site which is required if you're arriving from the UK, and arriving back in the UK you need to do an online form, linked from the same place: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travelling-with-us/latest/covid-19/


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642576
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Ah was it the practicality of driving rhd coupe in Germany that you were having to consider?

Yeh I've had a liitle read at that application well the lead up to it info and it's beginning to sound like we may need to apply for that ourselves also.

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


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Re: Italian Road Trip 2020 [Re: Rosso] #1642583
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If you guys will be going to Italy in September maybe me (with my LE) and some Coupe friends from Slovenia can meet up smile
And If you would consider staying in Slovenia for a day I can arrange rooms to stay smile

If you have a plan were are you going or staying, let me know and we can meet up smile

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Thank you for the invitation to Slovenia my friend but on this occasion atleast we are based in Lake Garda and I don't think our day trips can extend so far but if you are ever in Italy then we could meet.


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Just for info, Brian: the French didn't bother us once we were off the train (or at customs on the UK side) - so we didn't need the forms. The UK border control wanted to be sure - and to see the eventual PDF on our phones - that we'd done the UK form online.

We didn't stop in France on this occasion, but in Belgium and Germany the service stations were open but food was limited (I don't count McD or BK as food) at most places. Masks to be worn even to go to the loos. Petrol on the motorways was between E1.55 and E1.70, diesel about 30 cents cheaper (and E1.04 in towns, but I didn't note a petrol price). Since last time I drove there, both Holland and Germany have a lot of reduced speed limits 0800-2000 or longer - reduction often to 120kph on the autobahns but a very boring 100kph on the A67 to Venlo in Holland.

Berlin was surprisingly lively - loads of places open for food and drink and social distancing was not hugely in evidence though there was at least a token observance.

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That's great Neil thanks for the update info and so you back home in the UK?. good to know... at this moment in time I can't rule rule out the France but as it stands if things remain as is then we will be of the boat on that Tuesday morning and heading through the Netherlands with a little pitstop on the way with our first stop near Limburg and second Neuschwanstein Castle just on the German and Austrian border.

No neither would I but I guess if we were stuck then McD would do. I'm estimating one stop in Germany for fuel. Stocking up on masks between us going. Oh well autobahns' maybe a little more relaxing for the N/A.

Oh really id have been expecting it to be pretty strict wearing of masks. Certainly we wont take in chances and just make sure they are on.

thanks for all the info its a good heads up for what's to come for the journey.


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