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Uncle Dean 17th October 2020 08:28

Road Trip to Spain
 
Not so much of a "was it you".

we will be driving a white gold Tourer to Spain via PLymouth from Edinburgh. Look out for us and toot. :}

Mason6 17th October 2020 14:40

Good luck and enjoy your trip.
My wife and I just completed a 1200 mile round trip between Edinburgh and Somerset (Watchet) and never saw any other 75ís, it was weird :shrug:

ceetdm 17th October 2020 15:06

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Originally Posted by Uncle Dean (Post 2842794)
Not so much of a "was it you".

we will be driving a white gold Tourer to Spain via PLymouth from Edinburgh. Look out for us and toot. :}

Hi, where in Spain are you headed for?

I'm interested in driving to Torrevieja myself, probably early next year though.

Spike 19th October 2020 16:05

Iíve done this trip many times in all my 75s/ZTs. There are good chips in the transport stop at Reinosa, an hour out of Santander! Donít take the route through the hills from there but head down to the A-231 to get to Burgos. Buy wine at Aranda del Duero - itís fantastic, Milagros is beautiful, stop at the services at junction 107 to give the car a breather before climbing the Somosierra mountains north of Madrid. Use your sat nav to get around Madrid - mistakes can be made... thereís only one bit of toll road the whole trip. If youíre heading towards Murcia or Alicante, thereís a good services at Tarancon but wait for the third one thatís over the border into Castile-La Mancha. Pay attention to the lanes around Albacete...

rovertone 19th October 2020 19:58

Similarly I have done many trips down through Spain to the Algarve. Speaking from an unfortunate experience my tip would be to keep aware when stopping at motorway service areas.
About 4 years ago we stopped for a comfort break in the basque region, parked right next to the cafeteria, nipped in to the toilets, came out and found front n/s tyre flat.
Pulled a few yards across the car park for space to change wheel when an over friendly guy came over whilst we were emptying the boot insisting that his mechanic at the depot he was pointing to on the other side of the motorway could help with the tyre. I got a bit frustrated with his insistence, not requiring help to change a wheel. We soon discovered the reason for his close attention his accomplice had taken my wife's two handbags from the passenger footwell while we were distracted. Of course i subsequently discovered that my front tyre had been stanley knifed through the side wall.
The police told us that distraction crime is not uncommon on service areas. We have subsequently heard of other similar distraction methods so the moral of my story is if anyone approaches for whatever reason stop, check, be aware that their intentions may not be honourable. Having said that ,lesson learned and I can't wait to get back on spanish roads again.

Spike 19th October 2020 20:49

To be fair, that can happen anywhere...

Uncle Dean 31st October 2020 18:32

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Originally Posted by Spike (Post 2843231)
Don’t take the route through the hills from there but head down to the A-231 to get to Burgos.

Keep this road for the return, outstanding scenery. My favourite bit of the whole trip.

Whilst driving I kept a strict control of the speed and driving style, much to HER annoyance.
We went from Edinburgh to Plymouth using mainly motorway, cruising @65mph, and yes , it was quite sedate...avg MPG was 58.
Once in Spain took advantage of the slightly faster limit and cruised @75mph...avg 52.

Did the same in reverse for comparision,it's all up hill....lol, and found the results matched the outward journey.

Now i know that SWMBO can get 60-70 mpg in 'er new Volvo diesel but I was pleased with those figures from a 17yr old.

:D

Uncle Dean 2nd November 2020 13:41

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Originally Posted by ceetdm (Post 2842850)
Hi, where in Spain are you headed for?

I'm interested in driving to Torrevieja myself, probably early next year though.

Hi Tommy,.

We were headed a little south of your area, My mother lives just outside Pilar De la Horadada, near to the Mar Menor.

As many have said its a great journey to do, I have done it 3 times now and it is so easy.

Arrive at Plymouth with near to an empty tank, as there are plenty of fuel stations in Santander, my favourite is right in the centre a few 100 yds from the ferry exit called Easygas, as at last week 90.9 cents per litre. one of the few countries where diesel is cheaper than unleaded.

as mentioned head south around Madrid, dont worry about the R3 toll road, 2.35 euros, so it will never break the bank. take care in the service stations pick one that appeals, there are loads, but following a previous post pick one situated in a empty location rather than a built up area... easier to keep an eye on vechicle.
with the 120 speed limit nearly all the way allow 9-10 hours with a stop from when you leave the ferry terminal.

Due to the ferry times I generally head straight south pedaal to the metal, and leave the sight seeing for the way back.

there are a few alternatives to the staightforward reverse of arriving, so you can pick what suits. generally I head to Burgos as an overnight stop on way home.... it leaves a short step of 2-3 hours when i can appreciate the hill route srtaight north mentioned before, its a fantastic road.
Burgos is really beautifull city and this trip we found an AirBnB right in the centre next to the Cathedral, it came complete with an underground private garage so the car was locked and off the road. if anyone wants the details I will interrogate herself... I know it was a complete self contained appartment for 56 euros.

I recomend the journey whole heartedly and leaving from up here at these times was a breath of fresh air.
Writing this in isolation now waiting to see if we are also going to follow our southern neighbours into lockdown.


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