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Hi there,

To all of you guys who helped me so much in arranging this trip, just to let you know we have completed day 1.

Day 1;

I have had 8 and 1/2 months of trouble free MINI, Just my luck after leaving the house at 5AM, I got an amber flashing light saying "RDC Failure. Can't get the air pressure. Can Proceed". I stopped to reset the TPMS and it wouldn't go past 0% and came back with RDC failure message. I tried a few times however no luck After phoning MINI, they told me that the TPMS sensor has failed however you may proceed and make sure the tyre pressure is checked manually. After driving 100 odd miles I stopped and tried to reset the sensor and it registered the tyre pressure and all the lights disappeared. Since then I have done 500 miles and no lights. I wonder why that happened?
Any help on that would be nice.

Not so happy part is done now we can talk about the happy bit. It's my first time driving in France and the experience has been brilliant so far. Today we have covered 600 miles (London-Dardilly) and averaging 57.7 MPG. MINI has been outstanding and very comfortable. We hit the Auto Route right from Calais and came to my first round about after 750 KMs which was a tad bit nerve recking. Tomorrow morning we will be heading to Monte Carlo and super excited about about the rest 600 KMs.

Now I need to get out of this forum and take my other half out for some wine and dead cow.. ;-)

I shall get back with more updates during the trip.

Once again thanks a lot.. ;)

Saurabh
 

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Looks great. The tyre pressure sensors are activated (battery power) when the wheel starts turning and send a radio signals to the car. I reckon one didn't switch on(stuck?) And a good drive shifted it or there was some initial radio interference but who knows hopefully it won't happen again. Great post keep blogging!
 

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Looks great. The tyre pressure sensors are activated (battery power) when the wheel starts turning and send a radio signals to the car. I reckon one didn't switch on(stuck?) And a good drive shifted it or there was some initial radio interference but who knows hopefully it won't happen again. Great post keep blogging!
Cheers @ jeremybingham.. Will do... ;-))
 

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UPDATE -- DAY 2

First off all thanks so much for all your comments and now to the best bit.

We left our hotel at 11AM, luckily there was a petrol pump just opposite so decided to re-fuel. I was glad I used that pump as the fuel was 19 cents cheaper than the good old auto route pumps. FYI (AutoRoute - 1.498 and Dardilly City - 1.30) I am only using 98 Unleaded and quite happy with it (before anybody says it’s a waste of extra money ☺ ).

We were out of Dardilly by 11:15AM and we had the final 510 KMs to cover. After encountering a little bit of traffic we started cruising to our final destination. Rain, winds and sunshine - our MINI took everything with pride. After a few service stops we had already started seeing the Alps and the roads were starting to change (from straight motorway to tunnels and mountains). Finally, we reached Monte Carlo and to say its the most beautiful place I have ever seen would be an under statement. We checked into our hotel and went for a little walk to the Monte Carlo Casino, touched the ground at Fairmont Hairpin (the world's most famous bend), had a nice dinner and strolled back to our room.

Every thing is so different over here; the roads, architecture, people, CARS. This place makes Knightsbridge look rough. Every other car here is a Ferrari, Lambo, Masserati and surprisingly there are a lot of MINIs (especially the new JCWs) here with the MC (Monte Carlo) number plate on. Moreover, there is a MINI showroom in the middle of Monte Carlo (MY MINI).

PS: To all the people who mentioned in Brandon's "rejection no 2" thread that MINI isn't the same badge (brand snobbery, classy, respectful) anymore…. well there aint a VW or an Audi dealership around here. Brandon, glad you are sticking with MINI.

Toll Tax paid (Figures in Euros);

33.70, 21.70, 24.60, 14.40, 3, 1.50, 2.40
Total - 101.30 Euros

Yes, I know I could have saved this money by taking N roads however we were a little short of time and most importantly I could hear my MINI thanking me for taking the "A" roads because of the pleasant open roads. I am yet to experience a pot hole in France.

On Sunday, we are thinking of taking a little detour via Mont Blanc before we go to Lyon where we have a stop over before we leave for Calais. The whole idea is to experience some twisties/mountain roads as we have come so far. Any help on this would be great. Is it worth going to Mont Blanc as it’s only going to add another 80 KMs to our journey. I understand you have to pay toll to go through Mont Blanc Tunnel.


After 2 days of driving and covering 1000 miles, it has been totally worth coming here. Wish I had done it sooner. I would highly recommend to everybody to come to this part of the World.

I hope this is informative and will see you soon with more updates..

Pics to follow.

Saurabh
 

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Monaco is a great place have been a good few times once with work staying in the fairmount with Balcony looking right at the Casino and the haipin and drinking cool beer till well past 3am socking up the exotic motors cruising around , would you believe some in our party complained they did not have a sea view lol, hairpin for me.

The place is spotless and go to the right places its not as expensive as people think, the kids loved a couple of trips we did as well.
Worth going to EZE medieval town close by , enjoy yourselves, and yes Mini can swing with the big boys in Monaco as its classless and adored by many
 

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Just get up in those mountains. Your Mini is designed for bendy bits, not motorways !!!! :)
Hi steve, our plan was to drive from Monte Carlo to Napoleon Pass to Gap to Dijon. When I shared this plan with the cab driver on our way back from Nice last night, he scared the **** out of us saing that you shouldn't go up the mountains, they are very risky, you wouldn't be able to drive. You should take the motorway and head back. My other half got so worried and wanted to avoid the mountains. I told her that coming to south of france and driving only on motorways is like going to mc'donalds and having salad.

The plan still remains the same. We will leave in an hour and hit the twisties. I am super excited and can't wait to put my MINI through its paces.

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Hi steve, our plan was to drive from Monte Carlo to Napoleon Pass to Gap to Dijon. When I shared this plan with the cab driver on our way back from Nice last night, he scared the **** out of us saing that you shouldn't go up the mountains, they are very risky, you wouldn't be able to drive. You should take the motorway and head back. My other half got so worried and wanted to avoid the mountains. I told her that coming to south of france and driving only on motorways is like going to mc'donalds and having salad.

The plan still remains the same. We will leave in an hour and hit the twisties. I am super excited and can't wait to put my MINI through its paces.

Saurabh
Stay safe guys!
 

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UPDATE - Day 4

Bonjour,

So last night I was a little confused after talking to the cab driver regarding mountain driving. This morning I woke up deciding of to do the trek and not think about the cab driver's words :)

We left Monte Carlo at 11 AM and headed towards "Route Napoleon" and let me start by saying that these roads are tailor made for our lovely MINIs. Route Napoleon (Digne) is around 170 KMs from Monte Carlo and and after around 50KMs you enter the most beautiful setting for testing your car's performance. The route is a mixture of rocky mountains, running water streams next to you, massive water bodies, twisties, caves, tunnels and the list goes on. I have never been this happy while driving the MINI. At first I thought that it'll be too much for our little MINI however I was surprised with the performance and it didn't miss a single beat. After Route Napoleon we headed towards "Gorges Du Verdon" which is South France's version of Grand Canyon. I have been to Grand Canyon and I would rate Gorges Du Verdon on the same scale. After that we were on our way to Gap - Grenoble and finally our today's stop over Beaune. The drive from Gap to Grenoble was something out of this world. Massive alps, snow caped mountains and clouds on the road. I couldn't believe my eyes.

In total we covered 800 KMs today and today's trip was the best drive I have ever had.

Tomorrow we will be heading towards Calais to get back to our home.



Saurabh
 
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