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Day 1 (countdown to leaving 25th July)

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Rocky our 1997 Hymer B584 Nick sitting on the doorstep and Charley enjoying the sunshine with Dotty and Lily

Day 1, We have learnt how to start a blog! It has been a shaky start but we hope to fill this blog over the next year with pictures and updates of our travels to keep our nearest and dearest up to date with where we are and what we do.

 

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05/03/17

05/03/17
On arrival to Calais ,we were directed to the pets corner bit and had all the relative checks done and they said we can jump on the next crossing if we want!! Woohoo!, so on to the waiting car park for boarding ! I just got comfy and we got the call!, blimey that was quick! So,,, long story short I did the drive from Folkestone to home in one hit and arrived around 4 o’clock! Not bad eh!? No noises from rocky so I’m thinking my suspicions of something being caught in the pads was probably right!
So the dogs were pleased to be home and we were kinda?… I guess we will miss the beautiful beaches and wonderful people we’ve met, but not the calamities we beheld along the way! I think at times it was more of an endurance test ,but at others quite the opposite! We will defiantly be doing it again but in a few years when we can save up some more pennies ,and have a more solid financial income!
We love being home but at the same time want to be somewhere in the middle of nowhere !! You will always get the ups with the downs as you do rockinandarollin!!

04/03/17

04/03/17
We woke up did the usual ,and set off to the vets on foot! Vet were open and dealt with us very quickly,,fantastic! That’s one job done! Now to find a mechanic! We went to two different places and I tried to explain in very bad French and sign language ,which was more like a poor game of charades , that I thought it was the brake pads that had worn out! Well that was to no avail as they a.didnt have them and b. They’re mechanic wernt there!! Great! Although , the noise has stopped now so I’m wandering if it was a bit of stone or grit caught in the pads? Dunno, I’ll keep a close eye on that! So we set of very carefully,up to Calais!
We parked up in a car park next the marina square and eventually had a meal.
On returning to the van , a bloke came and said “you can’t stay here !” And directed us up the road to another, newer,site! So off we go again! We found it relatively easily and got settled in for the night! Then we ran out of gas! Oh bugger!! Well, we’ve only got a day left to be honest so sod it! Gunna be a cold night!

03/03/17

03/03/17
So, we did drive for a while,7 hrs to be exact! And arrived in Burke sur mar around 4ish! So we need to find wifi now and get ferry crossing booked, find a vet for the dogs to be dealt with,by that I mean worming tablets, not to get them put down! Reading that back it didn’t come across right! And we’ve developed a grinding noise on the front left wheel! Gulp what’s that all about? Anyway we decided to get wifi to check on google where everything was! Got to the bar and got the wifi but they closed at 5!! 5???? What sort of bar is this? So…..quick flash through Google in the 15 mins that we had and found a nearby vet! So that’s the first job in the morning!

02/03/17

02/03/17
This morning after the usual, we drove for 5 ish hours! And landed in lamotte beuvron, nice enough place ,with quite a vibrant little town going on! We walked the dogs up the high street and around a lake. Dotty was intent on climbing down the very small but steeply inclined bank to search for rats or whatever may dwell there in! And …..yup ,you guest it! PLOP!! one swimming dog!! Well that cheered me up a bit!! Ha ha ha!, the look on her face was a classic!!! Like “BLOODY HELL !! THATS COLD!” He he he!! Aww! The pleasure we take in others misfortune, don’t forget I’ve had plenty of my own!! What goes round eh!!! Nothing more to hear here! Move along please! We went to bed and that’s that! We may try to hit Calais tomorrow, well, burck sur mer!

01/03/17

01/03/17
We got up, and got a walk in around a couple of the bike tracks before the mayhem kicked off again ,so the dogs could enjoy the peace and quiet! As soon as the bikes started , dotty pulled for home so that was that. Some of you might say we’ll just hold her back… With that I offer the question ,had you ever tried to hold back a substantially strong ,frightened bull terrier from going where she bloody well wants to go?? It’s not easy!! For all her bravado and unjust reputation,she’s a huge softy and scaredy cat! Slightest bang or thunder, someone sneezes or shouts too loud ! Cows ,tractors ,tape measures,fire works,rulers,lightning,the dark and dusters!! That’s the short list!!! Ha ha!
So’,,Again it was a geographical game of pin the tail to the donkey! But ended up in massiac, beautiful village but as dead as dead dingos donger!!! Defiantly never heard of tourist trade! Any way ,we settled in and spent the night next to the river ,which we could hear all night and it rained continuously till morning! And then some more! Sick of this already! There was even snow so you can get it when I say a considerable drop in temp!! Oh,,, bring back Portugal!!,

28/02/17

28/02/17
So today we move on to where ever we can find!!,into FRANCE!!!!! the book isn’t showing many viable places and we know the weather is only going to worse from here on in! So we set sites on an aire in Saint thibury!
When we arrived after four hours driving, we found it was a motor cross centre ! Great for me ,bad for the dogs! Every time a bike buzzed by, Lily wanted to run after it and dotty shat her self! Oh well , spend the night in rocky again eh!! Never mind ,it was over cast and dreary anyway!

26/02/17

26/02/17
Woke up to beautiful sun shine,so c,d,w,b,w and on to palomas! The aire was very well run by a young lad,very polite and helpful! We thought we would check out the sae front! Well, we had arrived in the middle of a carnival and a foot ball match,you could hear the music a long way off ,so when we got to the front of the beach it was ridiculously loud. Now I play in a band or two and we’re constantly being told to turn down,but this was off the chart!! I’m not kidding, float after float of intensively loud disco/drum and bass/pop music which made it worse! It was like a competition of who could be the loudest! It was hurting my ears ,so god knows what it was doing to the dogs although they didn’t seem too bothered ! Now if that was a carnival of thrash metal and punk music they’d soon put a stop to it right??. Anyway ,we quite enjoy watching all the processions and walking on the beach,but NO FOOD!! What the…..I mean ,it’s a bloody carnival for Christ sake, you would make a bomb ! But not one food shop open,not one food stand!! What’s going on !
So we decided enough was enough and headed back to the site. On the way we spotted a tiny bar/restaurant so we chanced our arms at there might be food ! Bingo !
Katy had pork cutlets and I ordered mixed grill!, bloody hell,,,when it came there was five cutlets and I had half a chicken ,quarter rabbit,pork belly strip,a huge spicy sausage,a smaller red sausage,a cut of pork steak and a lamb chop! NO CHIPS! Well,, I mean great value for money but bloody hell, how am I going to eat all this!, I’ll never do it!……….. I did it!! Ha ha !! We got back to rocky and decided to stay another day! The next day was by all accounts, a lot quieter! Again we revisited the cafe/bar but this time I went conservatively for the burger and frankfurter! ……should of had the mix grill again!!! Doh!! So, we did a bit of shopping and spent a lazy day at the site.