2000, London Tower Bridge back to the Black Forest
Our final day drive
in our car and we will soon find ourselves back in our normal routine.
Without any time-checks and without a route book to follow, the drive
from England back to Germany actually seems boring and awkward. It is
of course a relief to be finished with our journey - 80 days is a very,
very long time on the road - but at the same time we miss passing by or
being overtaken by the classic cars we have become so familiar with. And
for short moments, we sometimes believe to recognize them in some other
cars passing by. The last of the 80-day-cars we see is Do's white Jaguar
driving to the train at the channel tunnel, probably on his way back to
At 970 kms, it is one of our longest drives ever and as we go along we
can't wait to reach our destination - more than ever before - okay, well
except for that occasion where I had fever in the car and it was between
40 and 50 degrees Celsius outside. After dawn we finally arrive and there
is a feeling of euphoria that we have now completed our task: Around the
World in 80 Days in our Mercedes 190 from 1956.
official results can be looked up on this website
On the way
to the channel tunnel
West to East in France, revisiting the same northern route we
took yesterday and at the beginning of our journey.
is very convenient and there is no need for reservation or long
waits - we can only recommend it. Funnily enough though, having
passed so many exotic borders without being searched, at the British
border control we get checked out and searched for explosives.
So much for common wisdom that terrorists would choose inconspicuous
in the Alsace, we catch a glimpse of the Black Forest. The sun
has already set.