Joué, FranceApril 25, 2018 in France
Many of the posts over the coming week will be brief as we'll be focussed on getting to Calais as opposed to exploring France; that'll have to wait until June 2019!
We spent a long time driving today, despite the distance being under 200km. We topped up the tank with diesel (its a lot cheaper in Spain than in France) and soon crossed the border. When we entered France the roads suddenly became a lot busier and there was roundabout, after roundabout, after roundabout. We passed our new friends Sandie and Rosie parked in a layby, beeping our horn enthusiastically, then passed them once again in the opposite direction when we were forced to turn around, after the traffic had come to a standstill. We never did find out why. We are being cheap and avoiding the tolls, so a steep and narrow winding road was our alternative route. It was stressfull trying to squeeze past other cars when the tarmac wasn't wide enough for both of us.
Driving through the Villes and Villages Fleuris, we began the roundabout obstacle course once again, working out that we'd covered a measly 20miles over the course of an hour. We were both glad we could share the driving, but after a quick shop in Lidl and lunch in their car park, things got a bit easier, with wider, faster roads and fewer roundabouts.
Our stop for the night was in Joué, a rural village in the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne, just south of Bordeaux. It was a little way off our route, but a grassy patch beside a quiet road, with trees and meadow grasses around us was a good remedy for the day's driving.Read more