We left Andernos les Bains at 8am as we had a seven hour journey in front of us. Our journey today was to the campsite in Zaragoza, a halfway point to our ultimate destination.
Having been there two years ago using the ACSI card, we pulled the book out to check the address only to find out it is no longer part of ACSI. A minor panic set in but due to the help of our friend Isabel we established the site is still open, but it now is affiliated to the German ADAC organisation.
Our decision to use the toll roads all the way down has led to some interesting experiences. To date, we think we’ve spent 100 euros on tolls but Dean says the driving is much easier. The tolls however are a law unto themselves. It is a challenge just deciding which lane to go into to begin with, then we had one that just kept spitting the money back out.
The staff though were brilliant and came to our aid. Apparently there was a problem with quite a few bays as lorries were reversing all over the place. A helpful French couple tried to advise us we had gone into a ‘closed’ queue, but we explained someone was on their way so off they went.
Another time we could not pay by cash and it did not like debit cards, so a voice came out of nowhere that gave us assistance. Again, a friendly member of staff came to our aid.
The journey went like clockwork after that until we came into Zaragoza. First, we missed a turning so ended up going miles out of our way on the motorway then we came off at the wrong exit on the roundabout, right next to the campsite! We forgot that with most Spanish roundabouts, you drive off the main carriageway to the right, then do a loop around to get back onto the other carriageway.
It is very confusing to begin with but we made it eventually and are now fully relaxed on the site. The price per night with electric was 22 euros as we are not with ADAC but we live and learn. We also forgot to bring the map that comes with the ACSI book!