…..and welcome home.
Friday morning and it was goodbye to La Mailleraye where, despite some scattered clouds the sun was still shining. We had driven just a short distance when the sky ahead looked dark and threatening, perhaps a bit like our mood. We were now well and truly on the way home. Just south of Boulogne the drizzle started and the wind increased as we caught the first view of the English Channel…….welcome home!
Fortunately it was not quite the end of the trip as we had one more night in France. We went back to the pleasant little campsite of Les Erables at Escalles, (GPS 50.91221° 1.72056°) up on the downs beside Cap. Blanc-Nez and overlooking the channel. It is quiet, peaceful and has fine views across the Channel from its terraced pitches, all for €10 per night. Electric hook-up and showers are available as an extra if you need them and ‘Madame’ the charming white haired lady who runs the site with her husband will even order bread and croissants for the morning.
After a peaceful night and relaxed breakfast it was off to Cite Europe for some extra liquid goodies to take home and some fuel for Celine. We managed to get on an earlier shuttle but were then delayed because another train had stopped in the tunnel. Still, we were only about half an hour later than scheduled when we arrived back in Blighty.
After seven weeks of smooth, quiet and stress free French roads we crashed, banged and shuddered our way home through heavy traffic. We even managed to pick up a huge stone chip in the middle of the windscreen..….welcome to Britain.
Arriving back in Suffolk to a mighty pile of post on the door mat and piles of washing it was back to reality. Celine needed to be mucked out after being lived in for seven weeks and in addition to the chip in the screen a crack had developed while we were away, also emanating from a small chip. Fortunately our insurance includes ‘unlimited glass cover’, just as well as an A class screen can cost up to £5k I’m told.
Our longest time away to date saw us cover 2242 miles at an average of 26.2 MPG.
In 18 months since new, Celine has done 18,000 miles.