/ Driving to Cham - tips
As always, thanks in advance!!
When I said to stop, I meant for a quick break not overnight!!
If you take the ferry, sleep under the stairs.
The French motorway services are much more frequent than our, although more often than not they're just a toilet block, tap and parking. They're always signposted Aire - such and such, the ones with further sevices like fuel will specify.
Only tip is, it's a hell of a boring drive, so just take plenty of music and prime your co-pilot to amaze you with interesting anecdotes for a great many hours!
Tolls currently total about 75 euro Dunkirk - Chamonix.
The toll gates with the blue 'T' are the ones that take cash incidentally.
Done it many times
Bourg en Bresse
With little traffic and just sticking to speed limits, one fuel stop 8 hours, it is a long old drive. I always got an early ferry and was in Cham by late afternoon. If you are not use to driving long distances then I'd break it up a bit. Or stop at the services where all the trucks are and go get a truck stop espresso
Oh yes the police love stopping cars with UK plates
If you're going through the tunnel then its worth a pull into Calais for fuel. At the big Carrefour its €1:33 for diesel.
Toll roads are far quicker, but €75 each way as said.
If you are on the toll roads then you must stop for food at the giant chicken services - if you've never been to Cham before then just keep your eyes open & you'll know when you see it. Was told on this trip that its rated as one of the 3 best services in Europe.
We saw a lot of police stops as you exited the paeges this year & true to reputation they did only seem to be stopping the cars with foreign plates. Just make sure you've got all the kit that you're supposed to carry. Also remember that you have to be able to put the hi-vis vests on before you get out of the car, so they're no good in the boot. You must have a vest for everyone in the car.
Oh & have fun!
Macon area = WINE
But I have generally discovered more misses in French supermarkets than hits so stick with their beers.
Take picnic items for the many Aires
and also remember your breathalysers!!
I did the drive a couple of years ago, in a 1997 Suzuki Vitara with off road tyres and a broken flappy soft top. Flooowing this 'experience' I recommend doing the drive in a large comfortable powerful car - do you have an Octavia estate... ?
There are no tolls between Calais and Luxembourg, and in May it was €1.18 per litre to fill up in the motorway services there.
Just a thought. We got down to Grenoble in a van for about €40 in tolls going that route and saved massively on fuel too - even if was only 10 cents a litre above French hypermarket prices you still save a bunch on a 70 litre fillup, and compared to uk prices you save a ton...
Stop only for fuel & have a full tank before you get on the ferry. Take food with you for the journey, together with some caffeine drink like relentless etc.
Get an audio book or two. When you flag, discuss films.
I hope you get to do a route on Sunday, it is not a day of rest.
> But I have generally discovered more misses in French supermarkets than hits so stick with their beers.
Well, was suggesting you go straight to the vine yard rather than hitting the supermarket.
Don't do it in 7 hours fueled by half a dozen energy drinks, definitely don't drive back in the same fashion after a full day on the hill.
Did an early morning euro tunnel last month, and we were bouldering on the Col de Montets by mid afternoon and pizza and beer at the Stone Bar in Argentiere in the evening.
We alternated two hour driving stints which worked well.
Don't leave it to the last minute on the way back. A proper traffic jam (common in the daytime near to cities) could set you back a few hours. I'd recommend heading back with plenty of time, with the aim of stopping off somewhere further north on the way. Bouldering or something for a few hours if you're ontime?
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