So, I’d like to firstly say well done to all the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas on this year’s Movember campaign! I have done this for the past three years and you can catch some highlights here. Below are some of my efforts:
This year, I have been doing something totally different. This year I had my stag, a little early as I’m not tying the knot until next year July, but Oktoberfest only happens once a year!
It’s been a great time with a lot of fun and hard work along the way. The rally itself was fantastic and an experience to remember.
The premise is simple: Buy a £200 or less car, modify it to make it cool or fit a theme and then drive for 1,500 miles (though ours ended up being 1,800 partly due to an accidental detour through Switzerland).
The route was just incredible. Dover to Calais for the first night.
Kick off 08:00 from Calais for a long stint to the stunning, romantic Annecy (take your other half there people!).
Where can you go from Annecy? Do what we did – go straight through Mont Blanc into Italy. After an overnight stay in the gorgeous town of Bormio, we headed through the Stelvio Pass for some planking, exceptional driving and the ability to say “I did that road Top Gear talked about!”
This took us into Innsbruck where we were met with an old town with immense charm.
The next day we stayed in Austria to tackle it’s fantastic Großglockner mountain, again with a fantastic pass, and a view to outshine what we saw from Stelvio. This led us into a stretch to Slovenia where we had a particularly fun night and heavy party in Ljubljana with the epic organisers of the Ramshackle Rally. It was a night of heavy rain but you could still tell this was an impressive city with a lot lot offer.
Finally the next day we drove on to Lake Bled to take in what is a spectacular view and finally up to Munich, via Austria again, to meet for a few days at Oktoberfest. Some stopped in Salzburg, but by the end of it Team Get Duffed didn’t have the energy.
Munich resulted in a massive party, all dressed in costume, drinking, eating brilliant food and challenges such as mass planking and the Cinnamon Challenge. There was also an element of streaking which took a lot of the lads by surprise (and a couple of the lady-folk).
I strongly suggest doing something like Ramshackle Rally once in your lifetime.
Other things I have been tempted by include The Rickshaw Run and all of these present great fund-raising opportunities for good causes.
In the meantime, here are a couple of shots from my travels through Europe: