Sunday, April 30, 2017

Driving All Night (And Day)

Prince: Cream

How did Marcus and Agata get all the way from North West England back to Lausanne Switzerland.

Mostly by driving thru the day & Night.

But it was not all fun.  There was planning & a large part of it was preparing our video and audio entertainment sources to keep us going whilst on the road.

Thank You For the Music

 Our first audio source for the trip was Audible.  We downloaded about 1GB of audio.   We listened to this rendition of the Bible for several hours.   Since we are only in the Old Testament so far there is only so much savagery, stupidity and killing we could put up with.  We had to stop [listening].

 Marcus downloaded over 6 hours of BBC Radio 4 Drama, Comedy and Documentaries.  Including things like Book at Bedtime and Beyond Belief.

BBC Downloads only work in England.  Hmm.

We used our Spotify Family subscription to download at least 12 hours of our favourite music.

All our music is played from our Smartphone via Bluetooth to the Pioneer radio in the Motorhome.

Our Shopping

We made some recent UK food discoveries.   It's now quite possible using Almond, Rice or the above Oat based milk substitute to avoid using milk from Cows.   There are ethical and energy saving reasons to make this switch.  We left with some supplies to continue our experiment whilst in Switzerland.

Friend Requests

The Global food market never quite made it to Switzerland.  So fellow Global residents have been messaging us with pretty specific food requests.  Including Wotsits.

We even brought back Cadbury's Cream Eggs.  A feast is planned this coming week to all members of Zimfit.  

Driving in a motorhome takes a long time.   You will not be averaging over 100Km/hour.  Lucky to get to 80Km/hour including modest stops.   So we had the time to see the sights whilst driving.

Google Maps
We use Google Maps for Navigation with Navigon pre downloaded App on Agata's iphone as a backup.  The Navigon app has a special Motorhome mode which can guide you away from low bridges.  Whilst that is useful Google Maps satellite view is actually better.   Requires a good Internet connection obviously.

We slept in the Motorhome at Dover.  Well for a few hours anyway. Because from Calais it will be another 800Km of driving and we need to be as rested as possible.

Bug Cleaning
Bugs, cementing themselves onto our windscreen are a constant problem.   A motorhome has the aerodynamic profile of a brick and this certainly does not help reduce the bug count.

We are constantly reminded even at French service stations that the threat of Terrorist attack is now a way of life.  I can and will  never forgive the terrorists for forever changing our daily lives to one of constant vigilance.


It's been about 30 years since we saw promotions for Glasses at petrol stations.  I think these are retro trendy glasses.  Luckily we don't need such.  Though does anybody?

Fuel Costs

Fuel costs do vary between countries and on or off motorways.  But you just have to grin and bear it.  Same goes for French Motorway tolls.  From the UK to Switzerland one way; it's a base fuel and toll cost of over 250GBP.

So to us minor variations in fuel prices are irrelevant.  Also, we can't get too phased or annoyed by service station food and beverage prices.  In the scheme of things they are small-ish (vs fuel and toll costs) and provide a welcome break.


At every stop, and they were every 100Km or so we got out and did some exercise.  And some stations had outdoor Gyms.  Tremendous!

Internet Helped, yet again

On our 1200+ km drive we have had one constant companion.  The Internet.  From a base 500MB/day load whilst streaming BBC Radio4 and other music sources in England,  to over 1.7GB/day in downloading BBC Radio4 sources and Spotify albums before the trip.  And about 1.02GB on the day of travel using Google Maps et al.

This is a polite request:   Whilst Internet may be optional today it will be mandatory tomorrow.  Make sure your Internet works, and works well,  Globally.