Not the best night's
sleep I've ever had, not helped by two foreigners standing right behind the vehicle in the middle of the night holding a conversation.
It would have
been a cold night as well, given that we were about 3,000ft up in the Massif Central, had we not put the central heating on all night on a low setting.
This morning brought some sunshine and cold air (-0.7˚C) which was a bit of a motivator to hit the road. The Chef managed to buy a fresh baguette at the Truckstop garage shop, that was lunch taken care of as we hit the road at about 09:10.
Continually climbing steep hills and then descending equally steeply became a bit tedious, but at least the motorway south of Clermont-Ferrand is toll-free
(apart from crossing the amazing Mallau Bridge - €12.50!)and surprisingly quiet and were able to make good progress. Eventually we came down from the mountains and I could get my foot down at bit. As we neared the Narbonne area we were enjoying
bright, sunny warm weather, it was starting to feel that the hard work (and expense) was paying off.
We crossed in to Spain at about 14:15
heading south past Barcelona. It was starting to feel like hard work, but we'd made good progress, and so I called it a day south of Barcelona at a rather nice Truckstop where we'll stay for the night.
We should now reach our campsite tomorrow mid-day, about the same time that we would have arrived had we sailed from Portsmouth to Bilbao. The difference being that
had we sailed I'd have had my feet up relaxing for the first 700 miles of the thousand miles or so, as opposed to hours and hours behind the wheel. Never mind it has been an experience.
As we are due to make our way back to the UK at the beginning of March we are now considering going home using the ferry as the weather through France at that time of year could be a bit dodgy. Once
Brittany Ferries refund our £410 including a twin outside two berth cabin, we'll book and pay a deposit on the return sailing.
So looking at
the online news this evening I see that Theresa May has gone back to Brussels with her begging bowl to try and get a bit more out of our 'friends'. She's got no chance, they had the measure of her and her weaknesses right from the word go, and before
she humiliates our nation any further she must be removed and replaced by a somebody up to the job, a 'Leaver', but please, please, not Boris the Clown.
since leaving Calais yesterday:
Travelled: 1352km (840 miles)
Average speed: 57mph (thanks to today's efforts)
Fuel consumption: 30.3mpg
Distance to travel tomorrow: 208km (129 miles)
All being well we'll see you in Benicassim tomorrow.