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Travelling from Chamonix to Zermatt the road crosses from France into Switzerland and climbs to here at the Col de la Forclaz (1,527m) before dropping back down over 1,000m of steep switchbacks to Martigny on the floor of the Rhône valley.
Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland.

Travelling from Chamonix to Zermatt the road crosses from France into Switzerland and climbs to here at the Col de la Forclaz (1,527m) before dropping back down over 1,000m of steep switchbacks to Martigny on the floor of the Rhône valley.

Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland.

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Home!

  • 17 days
  • 2,877 miles
  • 256 litres of fuel
  • 50 hours 22 minutes of driving
  • 55.3mph average speed (helped by 129mph, got to love Germany)
  • -75m (-250ft) to 3,842m (12,603ft) altitude difference
  • 8 countries
  • 39GB of photos
  • 82GB of video

..and I’m working tomorrow morning!

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We drove all the way from Scotland to Bormio in Italy and excitedly set off up the Stelvio Pass, only to get stuck about 1 mile in when a coach got itself wedged in a tunnel! Twenty minutes of guiding and scraping later the coach was free and we could all get on our way to the top.

Stelvio Pass, Italy.

We drove all the way from Scotland to Bormio in Italy and excitedly set off up the Stelvio Pass, only to get stuck about 1 mile in when a coach got itself wedged in a tunnel! Twenty minutes of guiding and scraping later the coach was free and we could all get on our way to the top.

Stelvio Pass, Italy.

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Chasing the Sun

As promised here’s the follow up to my driving to work video! This is me chasing the Sun and Moon driving back home.

It turned out a bit darker than I wanted once I’d uploaded it and Vimeo re-compressed it but I don’t want to wait another week for them to let me upload another version of it!

It’s amazing how many people slow down and pull in out your way when you’re a silver 5-series with a camera stuck to the windscreen with a red flashing light on it…

(Source: gordons-joint)

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Since Vimeo won’t let me upload the driving home video I was talking about until Friday I thought I’d make a wee GIF as a teaser!
Look out for the full feature at the end of the week!

Since Vimeo won’t let me upload the driving home video I was talking about until Friday I thought I’d make a wee GIF as a teaser!

Look out for the full feature at the end of the week!

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Commute


This is my drive to work condensed into 3 minutes. If you ever wondered what it would look like to drive along the M8 into Glasgow at 1,295mph then here it is! There’s a little homage to Kraftwerk’s Autobahn at the start for good measure…

Annoyingly this is a worse case scenario for internet video so the quality isn’t great, it’s a lot better if you click to watch the proper HD version on Vimeo but even then it suffers compared to the original.

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My reflection in the wing mirror.
We drove from Monte Carlo to Grenoble on the Route Napoleon, a spectacular road through the mountains that follows the route taken by Napoleon in 1815 as he headed for Waterloo. The 5 or 6 hour trip takes much longer than it would sticking to the autoroute but the rewards are stunning views, some of the greatest driving roads in Europe and no tolls. The fact it took much longer also meant the motorway blast from Grenoble to Lyon looked like this.
Somewhere on the A43 between Grenoble and Lyon, France.

My reflection in the wing mirror.

We drove from Monte Carlo to Grenoble on the Route Napoleon, a spectacular road through the mountains that follows the route taken by Napoleon in 1815 as he headed for Waterloo. The 5 or 6 hour trip takes much longer than it would sticking to the autoroute but the rewards are stunning views, some of the greatest driving roads in Europe and no tolls. The fact it took much longer also meant the motorway blast from Grenoble to Lyon looked like this.

Somewhere on the A43 between Grenoble and Lyon, France.