Winter 2011 Trip In Our Motorhome
We were ready to spend time abroad for Christmas 2011 and into the New Year for 2012. Our unplanned trip was to take us from the Isle of Man traveling through the UK and then over to France heading south to Spain and eventually into Portugal, we did not book anything in advance choosing to mix the trip with wild camping, campsites and Aires.
Christmas 2011 at the Campsite “Les Terrasses” in Igoville, Rouen France (nice private bays with handy adjacent toilet and washroom)
The trip did not get of to a good start as we had to wait several days for the gail force winds to calm before the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry would set sail to Heysham in the UK just to find we would be sitting in the Irish Sea for an extra 4 hours before we could dock that was a total of nine hours sailing time and a very late arrival and to make matter worse the snow was heading our way so after checking and trusting the weather forecast we were off to sunny Goole for a few days to see an old friend before heading south to avoid the bad weather which turned out to be a smart decision in the end looking at the snow laid motorways on the TV’s weather forecast.
We needed to get an LPG system fitted to our motorhome before we headed of to France so we set of to Southdown’s Motorhomes in West Sussex only to find they had all the kit we needed but no one to fit it so it was off to Premier Motorhomes in West Sussex, they had someone to fit the Gaslow system but not all the parts in stock… it was getting late in the day and we were tiered so we found a nice country pub and parked in their car park for the night and as luck would have it they had free wifi so after a couple of beers and a internet search we made a quick call to BCS Motorhomes in Herne Bay they offered to order the parts next day delivery and get us sorted out, we set off early the next day to get the LPG system fitted, got to take my hat off the Paul & Graham at BCS Motorhomes for there professionalism and 1st class service, they even gave us a courtesy car to do some shopping whilst they got to work on our motorhome and then washed our Burstner before letting us go their number is 01227 374544
We booked the channel tunnel on this trip and were pleasantly surprised to find they had a free service point for motorhomes just before entering the waiting lanes, great because we were full up on grey and empty on fresh water, things were starting to go our way at last apart from the snow starting to fall fast when we got to Calais there was no snow, hurray!
After a very cold night at Calais we set off the next day thinking we had avoided the snow and cold whoops this did not go to plan, 2 days later France see’s a flurry of snow all the way heading south, we made it just south of Rennes before been forced to use an Aires for a few days until the snow ploughs could do their stuff and to be fair they were out in force, the journey south was a slow one whilst the main roads were clear of snow the side roads remained snow laden for a few more days so we had to choose which Aires to stay at very carefully, eventually we made it to Soustons Aires when we could ride the snow and cold weather out.
Well after a few days with the sun shining and no snow around we made the hop across into Spain we were amazed by the amount of snow covering the Pyrenees but luckily the roads were clear, we drove south stopping at Burgos and decided to stay at Burgos Campsite to see in the New Year, it was fireworks for hours that night and a bit of a hangover the next day, Happy New Year!
Problem was it was still cold so it was off further south to find some heat, Marbella was the destination stopping only at one service station on the way, finally reached Puerto Banus and had a good look around as i was there on holiday some 30 years ago, how the place has changed, ended up just down the road at a campsite in Marbella for a few nights rest from the driving, feeling tiered but it was warm at last…
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