We’re off!

The next chapter of our adventure has begun … finally!

We were initially intending to set off yesterday (Monday 11th) but decided to stay an extra night at the site in Hipperholme and what a good decision that turned out to be!

We awoke to a light dusting of snow on Monday morning – the van would not start, the outlet tap to empty our grey water waste was frozen solid (the tank was full) and the fresh water tap on site was also frozen … and our tank was empty! Many heartfelt thanks go out to Nigel & Dave on site who got the engine going again and to Hilary & Tony for their roast beef & ginger sponge mercy dash!

So, after an emotional Mother’s Day & all our farewells said we’ve eventually set sail. Tonight we’re staying at a lovely small campsite near Baldock in Hertfordshire just off the A1. The drive down’s been a bit hairy in places but it’s been sunshine all the way with occasional icing-sugar snow flurries. The site is heavenly – plentiful hot water, showers, loos and a laundry room! Jane commandeered the washer & dryer whilst John emptied the waste tank & replenished the fresh water before realising the dump valve was open & he was actually just watering the campsite … schoolboy error!

Sybil’s settling into the travelling lifestyle nicely and is enjoying exploring new places and making new friends. She gets belted into the third seat in her basket so she can see out of the front and side windows as we’re roving around.

As it turned out, not setting off until today has probably been a blessing. Our television isn’t wired up to an aerial yet (the Jodrell Bank satellite has been left behind – it was me or the dish) so we were blissfully unaware of the snow & weather chaos in the South East until hearing about it this evening on the radio. We’re still going to set off in the morning & just see how it goes. Along with snow chains, we’ve got plenty of provisions and gear to sit out a siege if needs be!

We’re due to cross the Channel on Wednesday afternoon if there’s a sailing. If not we’ll hunker down & wait it out. Our initial route is Dover to Calais then it’s a short drive to Wimereux near Boulogne-sur-Mer for an overnight stay before heading through Normandy to a site at Mont-St-Michel near Avranches. We’ll be staying here a couple of days to catch our breath then heading south to La Rochelle and onwards towards our destination, Alvor! Watch this space 

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9 Responses to We’re off!

  1. Paul Hartley says:

    Stay safe……God Speed.

  2. Dave n Eva says:

    Sounds good so far,hope all goes well.

  3. Daz and Debs says:

    Bloody marvellous, sounds like your having fun (dump valve john DER) its fantastic what your doing hope your travels are safe. Hopefully the further south you go the better the weather. Sorry we couldn’t see you before you went but wait with anticipation for the next instalment.

  4. Heidi says:

    So very exciting! Safe journey and keep warm! Looking forward to more updates! Xxx

  5. Bob says:

    Bon voyage!
    I thought I’d just let you know I found the website and we are following your adventure.
    Best wishes,
    Bob & Julie

  6. Dawn Rose says:

    Yay, glad you’re all safe n sound! Hope your next stage is uneventful!

  7. Stella says:

    Well what a start to your new life. Make sure you check out the weather in France!! Good luck with the next stage. Take sea sickness tabs it could be a rough crossing! Love the bit about John watering the campsite!

  8. Ruth Card says:

    Check meteofrance.com for weather reports. Looks like south is the way to go. Enjoy and keep warm. X

  9. Jo Koszel says:

    I agree with Ruth – keep warm. I have this lovely picture in my head of Sybil taking in the scenery! x

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