It is a well known fact that I don't actually much like driving cars.
That's not exactly true really. I don't mind driving anywhere I've been before.
What I hate is being somewhere and not knowing where I am, where I have to go, which way to turn, etc. I'm afraid of having to make quick decisions, and of making wrong decisions. Having trouble reading road signs doesn't help. (I have a little trouble with that, I should get glasses).
Anyway, I don't get anxiety attacks or anything, because my mind also works along the lines of "whatever happens, happens" - the worst that could happen while driving around unknown areas is ending up somewhere you didn't expect, and just taking some time longer than excpected ...
Anyway, the point ...
After I got back from my second tour to the local airport this evening, I found Steffi grinning madly at me. She asked me what I thought the grin might mean, then pointed at a printout with my name on it. It was 10pm, and apparently I was supposed to drive in an A-class to Hamburg Airport, to get a car from there that we'd need in Lübeck Station.
I pointed out that I've never been to the airport (not strictly true, since I'd once left there on a flight to England at some point many years ago), that I didn't know my way around the area, don't know where to leave the car, or pick up the new one, etc ...
Didn't help, since the A-class has sat nav.
So I stopped whining and drove to Hamburg. Wasn't too bad either, just missed an exit next to the airport that leads to the car rentals.
Anyway, as it turned out, the car I was getting back didn't even have sat nav, so all I had was a map of the Hamburg area and a general idea of where I wanted to go.
Guess I shouldn't complain. I found the way easy enough, no wrong turns, no nothing, and after all it was a
convertible that I was driving back!!! (:
First thing I did before even leaving the parking lot was opening the roof, then I drove through Hamburg like that. Note that it was way past 11pm at that point d;
So some time later I got back onto the autobahn, with a speed limit of 120km/h. Roof still open, so I stopped at the first parking space I could find to close it, then continued the drive back to Lübeck.
I've probably mentioned before that this is one of my favourite sports'ey cars, and it's so much fun to drive on the highway, especially once you're past the speed limits. You can easily overtake just about everything with this thing. Going 130? Just use the kickdown to whooooosh past other cars.
I didn't go faster than 220km/h though, because it gets kinda hard to see where you're actually going in the dark, and stuff.
Anyway, fun! (: