2nd January 2023 Drive to Apeldoorn, Netherlands

We set off from Bad Rothenfeld at 09:30am for a stopover in Apeldoorn we found on our satnav the Camperstop

A miserable day for driving what with windy conditions and occasional rain. It did improve towards the end of our journey.

As we were nearing the chequered flag on our satnav were looking for the motorhome signpost and eventually found it. Our first impressions were that it was closed or no longer existed as the area we were supposed to park in looked narrow. I stopped and Angela got out and went to have a look before I committed ourselves to a narrow road and potential trouble.

I was very relieved when I saw her beckoning me to continue on my way and at the end of a car park was an area designated for up to eight motorhomes. I manoeuvred myself across two car parking bays and then we went to pay.

Unfortunately the motorhome payment machine was not working so we could not get a ticket to display. I tried the car meter machine by paying ten cents on my card and it worked so then payed the full amount (€10) and got our ticket to display.

As we were right in the centre of Apeldoorn we walked into the shopping area to stretch our legs and have a quick look around. We found a supermarket to get a few provisions before going back to the van to chill.

I really thought that we would be the only motorhome there so was surprised when another turned up a bit later. I saw them struggling with the payment machine and one of them came to see if we had a ticket. They were not very good English speakers but I managed to explain what we did and she replied that they had paid on the motorhome meter but it didn’t print a ticket.

Driving time = 2hrs 15mins

Distance         = 180 Kilometres

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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