After working as campsite wardens during the summer we take our motorhome onto the continent for the winter
  • Day148

    Thetford Forest

    February 25, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    We were planning on making an overnight stop around Folkestone but decided to continue back to Norfolk and avoid the morning rush hour. To be honest I'm not sure it would have been much different. After 5 1/2 months of pretty amazing driving, spectacular scenery, minimal traffic and almost no stress (Ry to Calais and exception) as soon as we left the terminal we got stuck in traffic. It was the same story virtually all the way back, road works traffic jams, police cars and ambulances flying by, and articulated lorrys swarming with police removing illegal migrants!
    Oh it's so good to be back in the UK!!
    Finally arrived at Dower House around 01.40 and parked up in the lane to catch a few hours sleep before making our way in the following morning.
    It felt great to be back at Dower and we have a couple of weeks now before the start of the season.
    It's been a brilliant winter and we have travelled to some amazing places, but it's now over for another season.
    See you later on this year.
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  • Day147

    Eurotunnel Calais

    February 24, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

    The plan was for a nice relaxed couple of hours drive from Ry Village to here. Didn't exactly turn out as planed. We left with more than enough time to spare which was just as well. As it got dark the rain started to fall and the wind picked up. As we weren't using tolls we were driving along the unlit D roads with virtually no visabilaty, add to that the patches of thick fog that kept popping up and all in all it was a bit of a pain journey. Jaynes heart rate peaked at about 125bpm but was above 110bpm for most of the drive.
    After finally reaching Calais, check in was smooth and hassle free, we even got on to an earlier train so were back in the UK by 10pm.
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  • Day146

    Ry

    February 23, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Last stopover in France and we have returned to Ry village. Stayed here on our way out last time and it's a very welcoming place, however Sunday evening and Monday pretty much every thing is closed. Still we took advantage of the free electric and chilled out with the rugby. Tomorrow we have a couple of hours drive to the eurotunnel.Read more

  • Day145

    Villedômer

    February 22, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Long drive today, covered about 450 kilometres with a stopover for a quick bout of shopping and fuel.
    Arrived at tonights stopover and realised that we stayed here last year on our way back. Nice little aire surrounded by woodland, they've even put water and electric points in.
    Good news is we can now pick up UK satellite TV so this evening will be spent watching the rugby.
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  • Day144

    Sauveterre de guyenne

    February 21, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Spent today getting some distance under our belts and even managed to make a stop to get Tess in at the vets. Parked up among the vineyards this evening just watching the sunset and chilling with a glass or two of wine.Read more

  • Day143

    Dantxarinea

    February 20, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Great place to spend the night, mainly because of the duty free shops. Spent €190 on wine and spirits, sat and worked out how much it would have cost back in the UK and think it would have been over £600. 100litres of red and 6litres of rum, whisky and vodka.Read more

  • Day142

    Ayegui

    February 19, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We stopped at an aire a few miles from here mainly due to the fact that there were a couple of grocery stores there and Tess had eaten the last of her food that morning. However we couldn't fond either store at the locations google maps provided so we moved on.
    This was a nice aire, €4 for up to 72 hours next to a leisure centre and cafe. Barrier entrance and services. Got talking to a nice Scottish couple and managed to pick up an open Wi-Fi signal from somewhere.
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  • Day141

    Alarcia

    February 18, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Spent a very cold but peaceful evening in Alarcia. Chose this aire for its close location to a bar that had free wifi and did good food. Shame that it closes on Tuesdays! Still after a frosty start to the day we went onto the now open bar for breakfast. Fried chorizo, eggs, warm crusty bread and coffee all for the princely sum of €6 each. The drive down the mountain was pretty amazing too.Read more

  • Day140

    Carrión De Los Condes

    February 17, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    The drive out of the village this morning was a littke hairy but we made it without incident. After a long day driving we parked up at the edge of town and took a stroll. Nice location close to a river and park area. We entered the town over a lovely stone bridge and found a bar open with outside seating, dogs aren't welcome in most bars across Spain, and enjoyed a beer. We are feeling the temperature change as we travel north and it was pretty cold sitting outdoors. The town has some lovely buildings but like most places there doesn't seem to be enough people to populate the amount of houses and apartments.Read more

  • Day139

    Puebla de Sanabria

    February 16, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    The drive to this aire was pretty spectacular, through national park gaining and losing altitude continuously. The parking was opposite Campismo do Rio de Anor but unfortunately at this time of year all the services were turned off. Wasn't a problem as we had sorted that before we left the last location.
    What a stunning little village this is, I took the dog for a walk through it and came across the local band playing outside a bar. The houses are a mish mash of stone and wood with what looks like new builds next to almost derelict houses. We were only about 400 yards from the Spanish border and this must be the narrowest crossing anywhere. Wasn't sure that the motorhome would even fit through the narrow cobbled streets.
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