22nd January 2019 Heading home!

Today we began our journey back to the UK.

We know there are some people that like to travel from the UK to Spain and back again in one go. Taking the occasional break or stopping to swap driver the journey can be done in 24 hours or under (depending on where in Spain you are heading). Although we have considered this we have never actually done it………one day maybe!

For us part of the fun is the drive down but if time is limited then I can understand why people do it. We certainly wouldn’t like to take the ferry across and have even stopped using the Dover-Calais ferry opting instead for the Eurotunnel.

The next few entries will show our 11 day journey starting today.

Destination:- Aire St Nicolas de-la grave

5 hour drive, 226 miles and €44 in toll roads.

The drive was fine and not far from the aire we turned off the main road onto the D15. We were a bit shocked when driving around a bend to be confronted with a narrow bridge that spanned the river Garonne. There were no warning signs. Our van is 2.3 meters wide and we managed to get through without pulling in the wing mirrors, but there wasn’t much room either side!

A couple of miles after the bridge we eventually found the small aire which had one other van on site. Angela didn’t like the feel of the place and we have always agreed that if it doesn’t feel right then move on.

Aire St Nicolas de-la Grave
Aire St Nicolas de-la Grave

We did notice what looked like another aire back towards the bridge so we turned around and went to see if it was any better.

There were two other, what looked like live in vans parked up and it seemed okay. It was getting dark by this time so we found a suitable spot and parked up for the night.

We had a meal, read for a while then had an early night ready for another days drive tomorrow. Beginning with the narrow bridge!

CAMPING-CAR PARK AREA OF SAINT-NICOLAS-DE-LA-GRAVE – CAMPING CAR PARK – Aires d’étape et de services pour Camping Car

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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