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We left Riddings Campsite at about 11am to set off on our next adventure in Europe- however our trip wasn't without incident!
|Mrs Snooper in her 'coffin'|
So, tomorrow we're on a mission - Seek Out and Find a new Formal Director for T4rdis2. The only problem is we're parked up on a campsite that is about 5 and a half miles outside Dover, so it looks as if we'll be in for a bit of walking exercise tomorrow.
The other major problem with our journey was the state of the M25 Carpark (oh sorry I mean motorway)! We stopped for lunch at Toddington Services and resumed our journey at about 2.30, and then it took us the best part of 5 hours to reach our destination - it was very frustrating but I suppose we shouldn't complain because it's the first major traffic jam we've been involved with this year!
And then our final issue, after our very lo.............ng drive was getting parked up and level (or not). We'd booked onto a small Camping and Caravan Club CS which sounded ok in the reviews, however, it turned out to be a long but fairly narrow grassed area that sloped, and because it already looked a bit muddy, we did consider the risk of getting stuck again! However, after our long journey we were ready for a rest so we decided to chance it, and felt fairly reassured when the owner said 'I'm sure you'll be ok, but if not I've got a tractor to pull you out'. Therefore, we rolled on and attempted to get level, but because of the caravans that were already parked up we had no chance. We tried our ramps but all we succeeded in doing was spinning our wheels and digging divets in the soft ground, so eventually, (after providing entertainment for the other campers) we gave up, put the kettle on, and settled for being on a wonk! And we realised just how big a wonk it was when we finally got around to eating our dinner - we almost had to glue our plates down to stop them sliding out of the window - we did manage, but later John was in grave danger of falling out of bed!
Day 2 Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Morning sunny and very warm, afternoon showers and thunder storm
Day 3 Sunday 3rd July 2016 - Cloudy in the morning, sunny and hot in the afternoon ,
We were up bright and early this morning because our ferry was booked for 10am, and John always likes to be at the port nice and early! Therefore, we decided just to have a quick cup of tea before packing up and setting off, and to have our breakfast on the quay side. And as you might guess, our plan went well until we started our engine, then spin, spin, spin went the wheels and splatter, splatter, splatter went the mud, all accompanied by a few unsavoury words from my dearly beloved!
|T4rdis2 being towed out of the Mud|
Our crossing was calm and quick (only 2 hours), so it seemed like no time at all before we were disembarking, and driving off on the left down lovely smooth French roads towards our first destination which was to be a free Aire near La Touquet.
From where we were parked our view of the sea was obscured by a large sand dune, but it was only a short walk to a beach that stretched in both directions for as far as we could see. We walked for a while and then returned home to be entertained by children sledging down the sand dunes!
Day 4 Monday 4th July 2016 - Partial cloud but with lots of sunny periods
We spent a quiet and peaceful night on the Aire, and with our route planned the previous evening we were keen to continue our journey in the morning. We picked up some nice cheap fuel (about 97p), and then headed further down the coast to St Valery Sur Somme, a very pretty village, but one we will have to revisit on our bikes because there was no where to park T4rdis2.
From there we backtracked a little to a large parking area that we had spotted earlier near Le Crotoy, but on the way we got held up by a huge flock of sheep crossing the road - apparently they graze on the salt marsh grass which gives extra flavour to their meat.
Once we had parked we had a little meander across a spite of land that separates the ocean from a huge 'basin' that used to be used for gathering cockles, but apparently, over the years it became increasingly polluted, so the family industry finally died in the 1990s. However, today the area provides a lovely haven for birds, and as we walked I'm fairly sure I spotted an otter just before it dived for cover.
Think that's about all my news for now other than to say we both feel as if we've 'come home' now we're back on the road and doing what we like best!
Take care xx