Road Trip – Europe Style
In Matera, Italy we met a fellow traveler taking an amazing trip from Hamburg to Leuca, the heel of Italy in his dad’s hunting truck (we are still unsure as to what was being hunted). An intimidating trip of more than 4000km return, this is true adventure.
Being in mainland Europe gives a number of advantages. It seems easy to head out with a car and into the wild. The romanticism of the open road is somewhat ruined setting out from the UK, this is because:
- a) driving is not fun when stuck in traffic until the rest of time.
- b) getting the ferry to Calais across the English Channel is not cool.
The Mercedes G Class – old school!
For our adventurer Paul Möhlmann we have none of these challenges. Instead his vehicle of choice is instantly cool, an old G Class Mercedes. Undeterred by its age (it must be at least 30 years old!) and with 130,000 km on the odometer, three tonnes of G Class produces a top speed of just 85 kph (52 mph). This is slow and steady travel, who wants to rush anyway?
Unsurprisingly there were many doomsayers, “the car will breakdown”, “it can’t drive that far”. Paul informs us about the unsettling feeling heading out of Hamburg for an epic trip, this is it, man, machine and the open road. So far the affectionately named Papamobil (it is his dad’s car after all) has survived unscathed with just a few leaves in some air vents and a minor fuel leak – nothing major! Buone vacanze!
For the return leg you can follow Paul’s travels on Instagram www.instagram.com/il_senor_paul/