This the the first day of THE TRIP!

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of France  , Champagne-Ardenne,
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Set off at 8.00 prompt. Had family there to wish us well. First stop was at Blunham to get some petrol! Then off, down the M1, M25, M20 to Folkestone. Car went well, no problems. Got to the Tunnel in plenty of time, in fact we were transferred onto the train an hour before the one we booked on. Just had time to buy a sandwich for lunch and we were csalleed for last boardings.
In fact there was very little traffic on the train, so it was no problem.
Martin went to ask the guys supervising the boarding whether we could go on the lower deck - I didnt fancy driving up the ramp to the upper deck as all the people around us had to. Their comment was along the lines "We do have some common sense"!
We wrere parked right behind a very flask Audi R8 sports car, the guys in it came over to talk about our car! Usually I guess they have people admiring theirs, so it must have been a change for them!
Off at the other side and we drove across the top of France. Once again no problems, and we managed to go a little way past our targetted Reims, stopping at Chalons En Champagne. Off for dinner, and now its back to the room to do admin and get a nights sleep.

Martin - seems amazing that two years after buying car and about one year after setting date,we actually did leave on time.Things were pretty manic in last 6 weeks but all involved put in the extra effort.Brian and Dave brilliant work on preparing car,repainting it in more traditional style.Philip the metal magician and Alan for what has turned out to be a most unusual bonnet but one with a unique style which enhances a sedate old saloon.Colin and Mark for not sucking their teeth when I present them with daft ideas and very little time left.Above all Dave Palmer for his mechanicking.Derek,Richard and Graham thank you for your patient technical support.And Lew for the priceless commodity of enthusiasm.
It is only the first day and thankfully pretty uneventful but always remember:

"The sons of the Prophet were hardy and bold
And quite unaccustom'd to fear
 (to be continued -keep a note)

349 miles, av speed 40.1 Max speed 58.
Alison - well done, boys! Great first day. Nice Oscar speech, Martin, shame about the lack of punctuation! We broke into the account to upload some photos of the packing and departure. Josh had a enjoyable day in Cardiff despite the disappointing result (19-13 Wales-Ireland) - it all fell apart in the last 10 minutes as usual. 8 pints of the black stuff helped to soften the blow, thankfully. Looking at the details of the average speed etc, I'm sure the speed limit is well above 40mph so feel free to put your foot down! Throw some of those spares out the window! A bientot!
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Shelagh Revells on

We are so thrilled you've had such good first day. You've been much in our thoughts over the last 24 hrs; in fact, as we went to bed (rather late) thurs nite...close on the midnight hr--we were thinking that you guys were probably about to be on your way. We will be with you en route and holding thumbs. Enjoy the trip of a lifetime! k and s

shelagh Revells on

it was fri nite (of course) that we were thinking of you!!!!...your Sat am. Getting quite confused keeping up with everyone's time clock, aggravated by the fact that daylight savings comes into effect for us tonite!

derek mc mahon on

glad to know everything is going well. I'm sure it is down to your good planning. Looking forward to reading your posts. Good luck with the est of your trip

Chris on

Really impressed that you were able to post your first report so promptly. We are now looking forward to the rest of them. (also glad that the car started and you caught the ferry!)

Audrey on

So pleased your first day went so well, and car was finished in time, it looks great, not sure about the two blokes stood next to it! Seriously have a great time, don't forget to look after yourselves and enjoy every minute. Look forward to reading more about your adventures.

Pats Sampson on

Presume it is just "Two Men in a "Boat"" & not also the 11 who helped building/preparing? Or are you guy doing a Jeremy Clarkson with backup! :))

I hope you two Young bokkies have a jol!

Jane on

Congratulations on a good start. Hope you are keeping a video record you can sell to the Beeb when you get back! Hope the rest of the days go as smoothly, will be reading the blog avidly.

Tim on

Well done chaps, your on your way....will be looking forward to the updates as they come. Be safe. Keep your eyes out for any interesting cars on the way Martin. Dan and I will be on standby with trailer ready !! Goodluck.

Janet & Dave Parsons on

Fantastic! Here's hoping the rest of the trip is as smooth for you. Look forward to the following installments and hearing about it when we see you in person in June, Roger. Take care out there.

Emily on

Great photos of departure day, can't believe mum broke into the blog!
Thinking of you, and hoping everything is going well.
Love emily.

David on

To mrtin & Roger...Well done to the beginning (or should I say two years in) of what I am sure will be an amazing adventure. The car looks fantastic (first time I have seen it). Looking forward to some inter global trialing!!

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