We left home on a nice sunny day towards Folkestone where the Euro shuttle has been booked to get us to Calais in Northern France. We choosed deliberately the early morning train to avoid the traffic in southern England.
Near St. Valery-sur-Somme we had a bid of a nap which was very enjoyable and has given us the energy back to heading south. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was climbing up to 30 degrees. Luckily with the air conditioning on it was comfortable.
We passed Rouen, Evreux, Dreux, Chartres and Châteaudun and decided to stop over night in the small town of Cloyes-sur-le-Loir which is near Orleans.
Over time, I noticed the the windscreen wipers were starting to become out of alignment; obviously this is through the age of the car (and possibly the British weather!)
Luckily I was able to purchase the whole assembly for a decent price, and it was not very difficult to remove the old one.
Whilst the assembly was removed, this gave me a good opportunity to thoroughly clean it out.
Only four bolts was needed to remove the wiper motor, and to connect it to the new assembly was no problem.
We had another lovely day in the mountains. The weather was perfect for skiing, absolutely stunning views for miles around in the Zillertal Alps.
View from Penken to Mayrhofen in Zillertal
Après Ski by Michele at Pene e Vino in Mayrhofen
We had a enjoyable day in the Austrian Alps. Nice time to catch up with our friends. Plenty food and plenty drinks. The Land Cruiser had his day off and is still covered in fresh snow.
Great time in the Elk Bar
Plenty of local spirits
A display of traditional costumes
Arriving in the Alps on our annual vacation, we are very fortunate with fresh snow. this has given us the opportunity to test the Nokian Hakkapeliitta in their full potential.
We had no snow chains with us, despite it being mandatory on the roads with which we have driven through. Even driving down the mountains we had no issues.
We are very happy with the tyres and of course with the Land Cruiser.
We have definitely made the right choice with the brand of winter tyre used.
Since I have had the Land cruiser 100, I’ve never bothered about Winter tyres. I live in a country where it is debatable to buy some, as wintery conditions are seldom therefore making it difficult to justify the purchase. The LC is not my main transport and on bad weather it can stay on the drive.
All the previous years when I travelled to the Alps in the winter, I was more than happy with the BFGoodrich in the snow. It seems, there is now not the amount of snow on the roads as many years ago and for 2 weeks it is just not worth.
I am planning to drive to the Alps at the end of the month; I will be travelling through mountain passes where winter tyres (and snow chains) will be needed.
I have purchased a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2 on original Toyota steel rims which makes my life much easier when I change them over.
It will be interesting to see how the winter tyres compare to the BFGoodrich that I used previously.
I have raised the pressures in the tyres from 35 to 42 psi. Lets see if it makes a difference on the road handling
I like the way how Nokian put the safety indicators on the centre surface of the tyre. The numbers wear out as the tire wears down. Less the 40% the tyre should not be worn in wintery conditions.
After all the repairs and modifications of which I have recently done, I wanted to give the Land Cruiser a good test drive to see how he behaved. We took the LC to a mild Greenlaning session in Northumberland with the stunning views and ideal routes.
Great to take advantage of the weather as the routes won’t be this dry and green for much longer this year.
Diane really enjoyed her drive in the LC.
Even the Highland Cows are interested to see the Land cruiser and Diane or are they just being nosey?