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    Default Holiday Road Trips - amy plans?

    On Thursday, I am planning to glide down the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne to spend the post-Christmas period with the outlaws.

    Being a complete nutter , I am really looking forward to 12 or so hours in the Xm in its natural element. Dial in the cruise control, set the temperature and waft my way south, while watching out for the loonies out there.

    Do any other Fellow Froggers have any long trips planned?

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    I'm more interested in hearing what Amy has planned...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMM View Post
    Being a complete nutter , I am really looking forward to 12 or so hours in the Xm in its natural element.

    Do any other Fellow Froggers have any long trips planned?
    12 hours? does that include regular maintenance breaks for the XM

    Have a good break and may the wheels keep rolling

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVEDOOR View Post
    12 hours? does that include regular maintenance breaks for the XM

    Have a good break and may the wheels keep rolling
    He's allowed time to slow down and wave at failed Renaults as he wafts by.
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    You deserve ten out of ten for that response UFO

    Merry Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    He's allowed time to slow down and wave at failed Renaults as he wafts by.
    Harharhar, got a good laugh out of me

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    Got a laugh out of me, too.

    Luckily I have never 'failed to proceed' down the Hume Hwy in about 6 trips in the 15 and 2 in the 16!!

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    i will also be heading from sydney down the hume highway on thursday, but turning off towards Adelong, thence Tumbarumba, Batlow, Corryong, some locality called Nariel, and east for 20km into the state forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair Browne View Post
    Got a laugh out of me, too.

    Luckily I have never 'failed to proceed' down the Hume Hwy in about 6 trips in the 15 and 2 in the 16!!

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    Done it plenty of times, more than not with a heavy load in tow. What are you on about?

    The only time I "failed to proceed" on the Hume was in Paris the Mi16, and the comment I remember most about the event came via this very forum: I thought it was you, but I was too busy to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMM View Post
    On Thursday, I am planning to glide down the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne to spend the post-Christmas period with the outlaws.

    Being a complete nutter , I am really looking forward to 12 or so hours in the Xm in its natural element. Dial in the cruise control, set the temperature and waft my way south, while watching out for the loonies out there.

    Do any other Fellow Froggers have any long trips planned?
    That's not a long trip. Less than a day.

    Best of luck with the traffic though.
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    Made it in about eleven hours. Traffic was fine, the ride smooth and the loonies kept at bay.

    Didn't have slow down to wave to any stranded Reggies or any other FFs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMM View Post
    Made it in about eleven hours. Traffic was fine, the ride smooth and the loonies kept at bay.

    Didn't have slow down to wave to any stranded Reggies or any other FFs.
    Congratulations. That was the time some drivers were doing the same trip in the 1930's, when the road was a dirt track and you had to open (and close) many gates as you drove through properties.

    Now, with a dual lane sealed highway, modern cars capable of high speeds, antiquated laws ensuring low speeds, uninvolved drivers using cruise controls, we are able to match those 1930's times.

    That's about the average time I travel that same trip, regardless whether I use the Xantia or the 2CV.

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    If you could push a (reasonably-priced) button in Sydney to waft you all the way to your precise destination in Melbourne on cruise while you read the paper or watched a DVD, would you use it?
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    And mid next year we'll have all the fun of B Triples to tend with. Of course they will all be speed limited to 100 km/h and will never attempt to overtake each other going uphill
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    as per my earlier post, i can report that the drive south from the hume highway at tumbalong, south to adelong, batlow, tumbarumba to corryong is an an awesome drive. B roads, but i maintained 120km/h in my old jeep, so should be a good drive for anyone.

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    So far this break I've done and will do a fair few shortish trips,

    Collie to Perth and back, twice
    Collie to Bunbury and back,
    Collie to Wellington dam and around it and back
    Collie to Margaret River then back through Nannup, Bridgetown to Collie
    tonight was Collie to Mandurah for dinner and 9pm kids fireworks and back to Bunbury for midnight fireworks (only saw two) then Collie
    then later this morning will be off down south to Albany, Esperance and whatever else down that way
    most likely do Margaret River area again and atleast two more Perth Collie runs.

    Is that enough k's


    Though I must admit that the old Renault did break down on the Hume last year on the 24/12/11 and not one person driving a frenchie of any sort waved or stopped to say hello while I was sitting in the shade drinking from my bottle of Baileys.
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    I headed one haccommodation took the new year in on beachfront balcony watching fireworks up and down the coast. All very civilized and someone else picked up the cost of accommodation

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    Freedom!

    Now that double demerit points have finished at the end of the holiday period, it is time again to consider road trips. I never travel more than neccessary during holiday periods. The combination of drivers on valium and police on steroids is more than this koala can bear.

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    Perefect for those wanting a thrill on roundabouts, with the option of a pitstop asking forgiveness halfway along: http://goo.gl/maps/vz4KM

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    Good to see masochism is set for a great 2013. Hallelujah (Hellelujah?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Perefect for those wanting a thrill on roundabouts, with the option of a pitstop asking forgiveness halfway along: http://goo.gl/maps/vz4KM
    I wouldn't try that on a Sunday, you may meet up with a lynch mob........they could sing you to death.
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    Spoke too soon. Cruise control and ventilation fans packed up on a trip up to Bendigo. Does anyone know of a Citroen repairer in Melbourne willing to take on an Xm?
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    Yeah, send a PM to Salman or Kenny (young4oldpugs). Kenny is one of the few Melbourne residents whom I would leave a car with for any level of repair and not miss a second of sleep.

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