Zürich & Ironman
Since the previous blog we have set off and made it all the way southwards to Zürich, Switzerland. To drive through the night was always the plan, and we managed to safely arrive in Zürich at around 5AM.
The actual “launch” at Goodwood was accompanied by torrential rain. The parking spots where our car was located were the ones that got flooded, as the there was a broken drain. We collected our freebies, sized our competition and watched two random guys race mobility scooters at nearly 80 mph! With a kind last visit from Simon’s family we set off for the “official” departure.
We decided to go out on a bang…not literally but close. Using an industrial smoke grenade (attached to our roof) we crossed the start line and completed a lap of the racecourse. Just about to exit the launch area we were asked “Have you used any fireworks” and were eventually told off as there was an active airfield next to us. The Evans family kindly put some video clips of the launch together for us, which we have uploaded to our Youtube channel. The video can be view at: www.youtu.be/7CG6gpskm4U
The first step was Dover and the ferry crossing which we managed to complete earlier than expected. Arriving at Dover gave us a taste of the future with a fellow team asking if we had any spare petrol as they thought they could make it to France with what they had left!
Arriving in Calais was the start of the night-drive to Switzerland with the three of use rotating throughout the night with a drive, navigation-expert and sleeper. The most important part of this journey, was Simon’s repeated statements of the terrible conditions and marking on French roads, as well as “twatty drivers who drive right up you’re a***”
With the sun rising we entered Switzerland and drove the last distance to Zürich to immediately drop our things of at a friend’s house and head out to watch Sean and Scott’s dad compete in the Zürich Ironman. After a long day of spectating (which is debatably more tiring than the actual competition) we had a nice last meal and got a solid nights sleep.
We are currently heading off with our next destination being Munich! Hopefully we will touch-base soon!
Simon, Sean and Scott