Born Again Boarder
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Spicewood, Texas (in the boonies)
A nice end-of-trip visit and debrief with the pit crew over lunch, toddies, waffles and walks around town. We concluded we tried too many long driving days to get to our objective of Portugal, 1000km days that would be trying even in a nice big modern car and no snags. Logistics and time dictated that we do some long hauls to maximize the sweet spot after some parties weighed in late on their availability and were added into the schedule after the air window was set. So - more time or less stuff.
IMO in an older car with unknowns of traffic, accidents and weather, one should plan on +/- 550km/Dy on boring highways or 250 km/dy with smaller more scenic roads and more stops (we learned that in 2017). Another consideration, at about 11.5 km/L (26 mpg) and Euro 1.65 per L, just getting to and from Portugal was over 4800 km or Euro 700, $800. plus some Euro 300 in tolls plus 8-10 nights in a hotel at 500-600 km/day. That all really adds up and makes the case for RyanAir and a rental car for such a long haul trip. As Roland & I discussed, southern Tuscany is about half that far and more doable BUT taking small roads RT at 250 km is still 8-10 days. Either way it's gonna cost. One way spares your time and nerves but depends on your objective: a scenic loop (or combo scenic and boring) or fly in, rent, and do local trips.
Roland's two most recent acquisitions: a pristine virtually new 1987 3.0L "75" and a plush pristine 1978 big cat. Went to the airport in real comfort and style in the big cat.
Last edited by Anfanuts; 05-30-2019 at 02:11 PM.