Thursday, 26 September 2013

Run2Europe2013 Day3

No challenges today just a driving tour from Colmar, France to Naurath,Germany.
The route handed over to the teams to sort (day off for the Run2 Team).
During breakfast the maps came out and between Seb and Jaques the route was devised.

First stop on route was for brunch at Munster where Seb had to  translate order for most of us....

 We collected brunch then drove up into the mountains looking for a nice place to stop to eat.
 Convoy forms up again

Taking in the views

After about 40mins we found the spot next to a lake.

Boats not for hire (even on a Bank holiday weekend...French logic!)
During our stop we were entained by the Stu and Danny show (video to follow soon), we then got ready to move again.
Danny and Stu
Everywhere closed for business

It was then head north for the nights hotel....

Fuel Stop
Another check of the map

On our way through to Luxembourg for another country to tick

Luxembourg best place to fill your car up! Cheapest fuel station in Europe (also good for fags).
We leave Lux (giant service station of Europe) and we're back in Germany and on our favourite kind of road....The (unrestricted) Autobahn! Straight away the Bathurst and yellow 370Z take off (370Z read 160mph) but the real star was the 320 dieasel BMW with 4 occupants hit 150mph!!! There was wheel bearing noise from it shortly after.
Couldn't go too mad for long as the heavens opened up.

By this time however we were not far from the hotel.....and if Carlberg did hotels and brewed Zils beer....!
Brauhaus Zils Hotel and Brewery

The Brauhaus Zils hotel also had its own brewery which is the bestest bestest hotel I have ever stopped in. The food was great and the beer even better. Our host Albert was excellent and couldn't do enough for us, German hospitality!

Albert with our first keg of beer
As you can imagine it got a little messy that night but amazingly no one suffered hangovers in the morning. A few pictures below of the night.

Day3 over !

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Run2Europe 2013 Day2

The morning started at around 6.30am thanks to the ringing in my ears, not a hangover but the church bells right outside our room. It was a constant bong bong bong bong bong etc for about a minute....! Why? you tell me folks, there was various theories regarding this over breakfast with our fellow bleary eyed travellers.

Anyway apart from "God's Wake Up Call" the room was very comfortable and breakfast was great (not that I eat much on these events due to running on adrenaline most of the time) according to the teams.
We finished breakfast said morning to Wassi (the BIG dog), then loaded up the cars ready for Day 2 .

Next thing is to form up the convoy and start our adventure through Germany's "Schwartzwald" (Black Forest).

This day was also Seb's birthday so was treated to some German tunnels (see German Tunnel Youtube vid).

Our next destination was the town of Triberg home of Germany's highest waterfall and many "Cuckoo Clocks", but before we get there some of these cars were thirsty so fuel was the first priority.

Whilst filling up the "Z guys" were drawn to a nice black 350Z owned by a German off they went to chat about the car I'm sure.

We got to Triberg around midday ready for the next challenge, again it was "Unlock the Box". So we send them off racing round a rather wet Triberg (brought the weather with us again).
 Sleazy Jet win!
Time for food now.

Stu and Danny....?
Whilst having lunch Paul and Sarah (team Honey Monster) give their present to Seb.
Rather nice don't you think?

We now head for Bad Sackligen on the Swiss border for today's final challenge....."The Great Escape".

More fuel first though...again!

The Great Escape challenge involved the teams collecting 4 items (sort of Treasure Hunt) then rendezvous at the train station for the "Gordon Jackson Don't Speak English Challenge".
This part of the Great Escape was the scariest for the teams as Sian (playing the role of German interrogator) got really into character!!!!
The next step after this was first over the old wooden bridge across the Rhine get maximum points
 Bridge over the Rhine (Bad Sacklingen in the background)
Another shot of the the bridge (Stein, Switzerland in background) 
 Inspecting each others "Passes"
 Paul, Sarah and Danny 
 Danny M.I.D.G.E.T. (his team name)
 All in Switzerland
 Crossing the bridge
 German Border midway over the Rhine

Team MIDGET (Stu and Danny) win this one closely followed by Viking (Angela and Jaques).

After this challenge it's off to ......Colmar, France where once checked in to our Kyriad Hotel we walk into the old town for our evening meal.
Transiting to Colmar
Restaurant in Colmar
Myself with the "Interrogator" Sian
Group photo
We also found a bar!

 End of Day2