Here it is, another road trip story, my 5th one. Because of the bad weather this road trip didnít quite go as planned. In fact I already postponed this trip 3 times during the last 6 weeks, but now it really was time to go. But it turns out that this road trip will have a part 2.Statistics:
Date: 24 January 2010
Target: Asteroids ( http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=6939
Trip: Holland Ė Germany - Holland
Total length: 1267 kilometers
Duration: 14 hours
Wake up boy, itís time to prepare yourself for a long trip.
Oh damn, not again
No, this time a bit of snow wouldnít stop me. I followed the weather forecast and I knew (or hoped) that it would be not too bad. So I went along with the prep work for the trip
OK, itís 6.30 AM and I am off
Oeps, I donít like this, Hopefully it will get better real soon
After 45 minutes of driving on secondary roads I finally reach the German border. They donít make them anymore as they used to be. And there is no snow any longer on the roads.
Strange lights in the sky. Or are these the last traffic lights before I reach the German Highway
Yes, finally. There is one thing that I like about the German Highways: NO SPEED LIMITS (at least, on some parts). There is also one thing that I absolutely hate about them: the road works which are scattered everywhere. As long as I can remember there always is a lot of roadwork going on. Fortunately most of the time that I pass them there is no one at work and therefore there is no reason to slow down.
But itís time to put the pedal to the metal
Until Cologne everything goes OK, almost no traffic (sure, it is Sunday morning) and dry weather
But then, between Cologne and Frankfurt the road goes through higher terrain, hills and forest, and the weather is getting worse. But still there sometimes is a hopeful sign:
Rain, snow and slippery roads:
Finally, after 340 kilometers I reach Frankfurt and I have completed more than half of the (one way) trip.
Fortunately the weather is improving a bit and fortunately someone got my reservation for using the Highway (A7) for myself. It costs a lot, but itís worth it:
I now left the highway for the final 40 kilometers to my destination. More snow again, but fortunately not on the roads. And the Germans built very nice sheds and houses:
Almost there, only a few kilometers left
I arrived at the seller at noon exactly. It was a 5.5 hour drive.
Unfortunately I was so busy and excited at the sellerís place (talking, admiring the cab) that I didnít take any pictures!!!! But I will make that good in part 2 of the trip.
After 2 hours I left again, with asteroids loaded in the car of course. The weather was good until WŁrzburg, but after that it started to rain and to snow and it was no fun driving home. I had to concentrate on driving so I didnít take any pictures.
As I mentioned in the After Burner road trip report I donít have any room at home to store the cab, so Asteroids will also be put away for a few months in a temporarily storage facility. So after unloading the cab I drove home, where I arrived at 8.30 PM.
Now some information about the cab. The Asteroids cab is in great condition with only a tiny spot on one of the sides and a few stains on the bottom of the other side. But those can be removed almost completely with a bit of TLC. The laminated kickplate has two holes where a security bar was, and the laminate is a bit loose on the bottom left and bottom right. But the laminate is almost undamaged. I havenít decided yet if I will replace it. The only thing which definitely will be replaced is the T-molding. I also got a few spare buttons and the original ownerís manual.
Technically the cab also is in very good condition. Everything works as it should be and the monitor has a nice and crisp picture. All in all itís a really perfect purchase, I love the game and I love Vectors. Here are some photoís of the cab: