On Monday 12th September we were all packed up ready to go, a quick trip back to the dealer to have a garage bike rack and a grab handle for the habitation door completed the preparations.
Millie making herself at home!
We caught the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre which left at 11.15pm. We arrived in good time but were boarded last. This meant there was not time to settle in properly before we set sail.
Last on meant first off, usually this would have been great, however I was a bit cautious of the ramps so went really slowly. No problem, and off we went.
Our first stop was Le Mans. The Aire, which is mixed parking was full, a few motorhomes but mainly cars, access was easy so we went in, then out and headed to Camping Le Pont. The temperature was soaring and reached 36˚C, we didn’t manage to go out to visit anywhere!
Colin wanted to reach Portugal as soon as practical, so the next day we went on the motorway and headed south. Unfortunately the Tomtom will only let you input 5 tonne for the vehicle weight, not so good when you are nearly 7 tonne. The Snooper has decided to play up so we are a little impeded, to say the least. Hey ho, the joys!
The toll booths were a bit tricky, but easier to get a ticket from the driving seat.
The aire at the citadel in Blaye, Bordeaux looked nice but as it was around 3:30pm we weren’t sure if there would be any spaces, no there weren’t. It was obviously somewhere people stayed a while as there was an area set up for a game of boules!
Next on the list, St Romain La Virvee, the Tomtom did take us through the villages where I did feel Sir Bumble was a little large.
By the tennis courts, fitting in nicely!
As we left the aire on Thursday the tomtom wanted to take us down a narrow lane, which we ignored, we were rerouted onto a more accessible route for us, hence confirming my fears that we needed to review our navigation equipment.
We reached Cap Breton around lunchtime, again a bit tricky through the village as the cars were parked on both sides. Not such a nice day, but time to chill a little, and for Millie to try the waves.
Saturday morning we headed into Spain.
The Aire in Ampudia, a little way off the motorway, but worth a visit.
View of the town from the castle
Most of the hoses were of this design
The evening sky,
Next morning we had a visitor, I had seen him the previous evening in the grounds of the castle.
Another early start, the roads back to the motorway are narrow in places, and we were less likely to meet other motorists!
We arrived in Manta Rota, Portugal at tea time, the whole area was full of parked cars.This is a new experience for us as we have never arrived here so early in the year before. The Aire opened on the 15th and it was already nearly full! We managed to get the last place and I reversed into the 9 meter space, snuggly.
We spent a pleasant evening with another English couple, Val and Ray who were travelling with their dog Sky. When they left the next morning we moved into their space overlooking the fields.
The temperatures are reaching high 20’s but there is a breeze, Millie cools off in the sea, so all is good.
However, as I write this we have now encountered a problem with the fridge, it works brilliantly on electric, but does not work on gas! We are in communication with the dealer about this, and hope it can be sorted locally, it’s a long way back!
Anyway, time to go to the beach now, loving this place!