As we set off from Gibraltar the sun is shining over the Union Jack on top of the Moorish Castle. Makes you proud to be British - oops,
I mean a Citizen of the European Union.
We fly into Luton and then spend the night in London.
We are up at the crack of dawn to avoid the £10 congestion charge.
I never thought I would say this but English service stations have relentlessly improved over the last 50 years and are now better than in most of Europe. Wow! Can you believe that?
Off to Liverpool over the Runcorn Bridge. Still there - despite the price of steel scrap going through the roof.
In the evening we go to see Tron Legacy in 3D at the Trafford Centre. Visually and audibly it is magnificent but the story is pretty silly.
So what's new?
'Tron', incidentally, was originally part of Basic on the Tandy TRS80 Computer along with 'Troff'. 'Trace On' and 'Trace Off'. Not many people know that - including Michael Caine, probably.
Back to London - this is the Freemason's Hall. There must be money in funny handshakes.
By 10.00am we are in France and not long afterwards we are driving through Luxembourg. Land of cheap petrol and radio Luxemburg on 208m
medium wave. "This is Horace Batchelor speaking to you about the amazing Infra Draw method". Not to mention Dan Dare Horlicks mugs for 5/- each.
That was a lot of money in those days - at least a gallon of petrol.
We spend the night in Saar Louis but the snow has all melted and it looks a lot less romantic. We stay at the hotel Trompart which is wonderful. The restaurant is also first class. Which would you rather have - a choice of two options for each course, cooked brilliantly or a vast menu of overpriced average food? Me too.
Still don't know if this is a warning of radar traps or whether it is teling you that there are photo opportunities
We arrive at the hut near Innsbruck at about 3.00pm. The snow is melting and getting up the hill is very tricky. We almost slide into the ditch.