We did it! The road trip is over and the good news is we are still talking to each other!
We needed to de-ice the car before we could leave Maastricht and fog accompanied us all the way to Calais but after leaving the Eurotunnel train we had a gloriously sunny drive back to Gloucester. We even had time to hoover the car and get some laundry done before settling down to supper.
We will post some overall reflections later, together with a few more photos but for now we will just summarise the trip in a few statistics:
- In all, we visited 16 countries, if you include the UK, some of them on multiple occasions. As a result, in total we crossed 23 borders but only showed our passports 4 times.
- We drove 3758 miles, which is 6048 kilometres.
- Though the Euro was a great help in most countries we still needed to use Koruna, Zloty, Forint, Kuna and Francs in two countries…we will let you work out where.
- We met up with 13 sets of friends which included ECM colleagues in 7 locations and 3 current or former Redcliffe students. We slept in 11 different beds – 3 AirBnB bookings, 1 Ibis Budget hotel and 7 homes.
For now we just want to thank God for his protection and that we had no problems with the car. And we want to give particular thanks to all those who hosted us during our trip. It has been an amazing experience and has taught us a lot about the on-the-ground realities of Europe today. And to those who have followed the blog, thanks for travelling with us and praying for us.