Travelled : 130 kilometres from Givery to Neufchâtel-en-Bray, Normandy.
Visited : Just transiting
Stayed : Aire de Camping Car Sainte Claire (Neufchâtel), €12, all services, washing machine extra. N49.73731 E1.42931
Travelled : 120 kilometres from Neufchâtel-en-Bray to Watten, Nord de Calais
Visited : Watten
Stayed : Aire de Camping Car Watten, free. Water and electricity extra but we didn’t need it. N50.83139 E.2.20879
Just a short post after a few days without the internet. Following our visit to the Monet’s garden and house we hit the road again. We could easily cross to a motorway and be in Calais in 3-4 hours but the D roads are more interesting and we continue north at a steady 90 kph.
At Gounay-en-Bray we stop and have lunch parked in the free aire (with services) near the centre-ville (N48.48038 E1.72668). I service the Hymer before we depart as there were no facilities in Givany and we continue on through the French 🇫🇷 farms. The main crop appears to be wind turbines .
Its mid afternoon when we arrive at Neufchâtel-en-Bray. We find the aire easily enough, its ridiculously expensive at €12 but it’s so nice we stop anyway. Full of GB 🇬🇧 registered motorhomes either heading home or to Spain 🇪🇸 and Portugal 🇵🇹. So we chat away to our new neighbours before cooking dinner.
After a very quiet night, it’s a late start in camper car world 🌎. When we finally do get going, all the neighbours are out and we all start chatting again. Finally about mid-day we continue our travels. Stopping at Abbeville for a quick shop and a late lunch in a car park, we continue on to Watten, about 30 kilometres from Calais.
So we find a little tavern with free wifi and have a couple of farewell drinks to our favourite country …….
However whilst we stop to pay the €1.80 toll on A26, I look down at the dash and the battery light suddenly appears. No point stopping so we continue onto Calais and the Chunnel Station. I quick look whilst waiting in the carpark doesn’t reveal the problem. So we drive the Hymer on the train 🚂, hoping for a solution in England.
The M20 traffic comes to a halt 5 miles from the Dartford Tunnel and the next 5 miles take over an hour. After 3 months away, you tend to forget the horrendous traffic around London. Finally off the M25 we find ourselves driving alongside a mobile mechanic van. He passes us we pass him, he turns, we turn heading in the same direction. I finally see it as an omen and give him a wave.