Despite there being an awful lot of people on the campsite this morning we had no problem in getting a unisex shower cubicle each. We didn't bother with breakfast
but instead spent time on preparing the motorhome for the journey to Calais, including some housework, and putting the hand basin in the bathroom out of bounds as it, and the shower drains are blocked completely. I can't wait to get home and get it
When The Chef went to pay at Reception and pick up the baguette ordered yesterday, she established that we didn't have to vacate our pitch until 14:00, which is a very helpful and civilised time to have.
However I was keen to complete the last leg of the journey to the shopping complex, Citi Europe at Calais, and then relax there.
I had to keep the speed down as it is very windy with strong gusts,
and with a vehicle like this a strong gust from the side can be a bit unnerving, especially if you're in the midst of overtaking an HGV at the time.
Lunch was in a service station parking area only about ten miles
from Calais. I was trying to delay the final stretch just a little, to try and avoid lots of weekend shoppers in the car park which doubles as an Aire for motorhomes.
After parking up we went for a wander
around the complex for something to do as well as decide what we were having for this evenings meal. Having toured the eats establishments downstairs we eventually decided to just have a portion of home-made soup we had been dragging around with us in the
freezer, together with some nice crusty baguette followed by a nice fancy cake, like only the French can do.
For the very first time I didn't buy any wine in the very large Carrefour supermarket. I've got to cut
down my intake and so will be buying my wine from 'Laithwaites' online in future. There are a couple if reds they sell which I like, and are easier on the digestive tract.
So now we're just waiting for our 21:20
crossing on Le Shuttle. Rosina informed me this morning that the weather forecast was for a very rough Channel crossing today, and having checked the news online that has been complicated by a suspicious package being found on one of the ferries causing delays.
So I'm very pleased we've elected to once again travel under the Channel rather than sail over it.
In the meantime I will psych myself up for some fine dining before we
leave the car park to go next door to the Shuttle terminal via the Carrefour filling station to get some fuel and dump any grey water we may have onboard.
As for this trip, well it's been rather disappointing.
Sadly it had to be cut short to just three weeks, but was originally planned to last about six.
The thing is with this lifestyle - you never stop learning, and we've certainly
learned that September is a very busy month for motorhomers from across Europe, causing us numerous problems. I think we will have to give some thought as to how we spend our Septembers in future. Maybe it will have to be the UK, which certainly wouldn't be
our first choice, or perhaps cross the Channel but stay further north. But we do know that we need to create trips that take in more new locations, there's no adventure in revisiting old haunts.
In the meantime
we look forward to our extended tour of Spain starting no later than March, maybe sooner, because if this Brexit fiasco is ever resolved then an EU 90 days within any 180 is going to be a bit restrictive and will affect our travelling freedom and
to some extent the EU's tourist industry. Maybe eventually they'll all stop posturing and sit down like grownups and get it resolved.
Once that's done I think we must have a General Election so that we can have
the major spring clean that is required, and I hope the next government sets up a Royal Commission or a cross-party committee or something to investigate a better way to run our country. We need a new Houses of Parliament, and leave the current one for the
tourists to look around at £20 a ticket. Once we have a new fit-for-purpose building then we need a whole new, modern, fit-for-the-21st-century way of conducting the business of Parliament, including who works for who when it comes to the responsibilities
of MP's. Do we elect them to represent us, or do we elect them so that they can please themselves what the hell they do. The Brexit fiasco has shown just how lamentably unsuitable the current arrangement is for everybody.
Again, thank you for showing an interest. Once we recieve the French toll road fees I'll post the expenditure, along with the 'Travelscript' the trip was to be based on before the need to shorten it.
we'll see you again in the spring.
Working on the assumption that free movement will end as part of Brexit, our plans for 2020 are to spend up to
three months touring Spain and some of France on the way home commencing at the beginning of March, followed by a tour of Austria and Bavaria in September.