Home at last! Terriers on Tour in numbers

Rufus and Heidi get fed and watered during a pitstop at a motorway service station on the way back home

Rufus and Heidi get fed and watered during a pitstop at a motorway service station on the way back home

13 August 2013

Well, the Terriers on Tour European road trip is finally over: after 23 days travelling around the continent, PetsPyjamas mascots Rufus and Heidi are back home in London.
The trip was a great success – the dogs loved (almost) every minute of it, and we in the Terriers on Tour road crew (Denise and Rory) enjoyed it just as much.
However, there’s not really much to say about the last day of the trip, as – after our departure from Berlin was delayed by tyre troubles – it was just a day-long dash from Berlin to home, starting at 11am and ending at half past midnight, with a few stops at motorway service stations for fuel, food, drink and dog-walks (short ones).
So, instead of an account of that journey, here’s a summary of their three-and-a-bit weeks on the road on the continent in numbers:
miles covered by the Terriers on Tour car (see a map of the places we stayed along the way here).

car tyres replaced (both punctured by screws, probably somewhere on the Autobahn).


capital cities visited (Paris, Rome and Berlin).

countries (excluding UK) “visited” (France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium).

countries “visited” without leaving the motorway (Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium).

country “visited” without even stopping the car (Austria – there was an Alpine storm going on).

stop on the motorway to shelter the car under a bridge during a hailstorm (on the way to see Rufus Wainwright perform in Verbier).

mosquito bites suffered by Denise and Rory.
bugs splatted on the front of the roofbox (approximately).
nights spent in five-star hotels (one at Le Meurice, Paris, three at Hôtel Crillon-le-Brave in Provence, one at Villa Laetitia in Rome, three at La Sommità, Ostuni, and three at Schlosshotel im Grunewald, Berlin).
swim by Heidi (her first-ever, at Vieste, and she enjoyed a good deep paddle many more times).
times we heard Get Lucky by Daft Punk on the radio (six times in France, seven in Italy, once in Switzerland, three times in Germany).

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