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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 19:46 Thread Starter
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Well my learned friends, i need your help.

We are currently at vilanova park near barcelona and are tryin to make arrangements for our trip home.

We have two days to make it to cite europe at calais and would like your recommendations on where to stay on route.

We don't mind big drives and we don't mind paying for the tolls.

We are acsi members but will stay on a good aire if one is recommended.

Please bear in mind that i have an EXTREMELY fussy wife

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Man that's a long trip to undertake in two days!! As someone who has driven professionally for many years I would not even CONSIDER that sort of distance in two days in a car, let alone a slower motorhome, purely on safety grounds, but as you seem to have left yourself little choice now...........

In the absence of any alternative suggestions having been posted I would suggest the following.

Get your satnav out, programme in Calais (allowing for Peage because without it you simply don't have enough time)

Look at the map of the suggested route, pick a spot midway along that route, get your ACSI App fired up (you do have that don't you?) and look for the closest site to the midway point and head for that. It doesn't really matter what it's like because, quite frankly, you won't be there long enough to see much of it will you?

Alternatively pick a Motorway Aire (with a service stub etc) and treat it like a camping Aire.

With the sort of mileage you are looking at you will need to be on the road for a long time so all you are basically looking for is somewhere to park whilst you get some sleep.

Good luck!

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If you are booked on the tunnel you can always change your ticket to allow you more time

A simply phone call,

I book a return date knowing I'll be changing it when we are ready to return home

Other than that I guess you just drive till it's time to sleep

No reason to book anywhere at this time of year,

Andy's suggestion is sound

Good luck and safe driving

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Now I don't want to be critical........................BUT we have had posts here before about how far people are "able" to drive in a day.

I just hope you're not passing my way..............................there's a reason why there are tachographs
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I do those sort of distances often. I'd say you want to be looking at sites 25 km either side of Clermont-Ferrand, as near to the A75 / A71 as possible.

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. (Robert Louis Stevenson)
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Well I wouldn’t’t do that trip nowadays, but have in the past. We’re retired and I have a limit of 4 hours a day.
From where we lived in Languedoc, it was 4 hours to Clarmont Ferrand. I know it was 3 ish depending on traffic to Barca....
7 to 8 hours should get you in the region of Clermont F.
From there to Paris and Calais should be no more than another 8 hours depending on traffic around Paris.
I really wouldn’t do it but it should be poss. So, the suggestion of overnighting near Clermont seems good to me...
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Well I say don't be critical

It's 300 miles from Bury to Calais

We split it on the way down, we are relaxed and planned

The hound is uppermost in our mind

always intend to split it on the way back

At a leisurely pace

But by then the call to home is strong

And we often do it in one

Sod the hound he's well travelled by this time

And hopefully the call to home is strong for him too

He doesn't complain

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Well I say don't be critical

It's 300 miles from Bury to Calais

We split it on the way down, we are relaxed and planned

The hound is uppermost in our mind

always intend to split it on the way back

At a leisurely pace

But by then the call to home is strong

And we often do it in one

Sod the hound he's well travelled by this time

And hopefully the call to home is strong for him too

He doesn't complain

Sandra

Come to think of it, it took us eight solid hours of driving just to get to dover.

So, i think we will definitely take your advice and contact the tunnel should we feel that we have bitten off more than we can chew.
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Aldra your "don't be critical" but I think slightly critical post just confounds me.......................Bury to Calais in one go is nothing like what we are talking about here.

Your information about the Tunnel bookings is useful and I am glad the OP is just considering it might be too much to do.We're all getting older and I hope wiser as well.

I had a friend who bought a new motorcycle...................just like he used to ride in the old days..............of course, he had got slower and they had got faster.................what do you think happened?

Peter and Carmel

Spooky travelled with us for 5 years and over 20,000 miles.He died aged 11 and is buried in Delphi in Greece.
Now that's a great age and a great adventure for a rabbit and I think he deserves a mention.

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I only meant "if needs must" webby,it's doable, I wouldn't want to do it and I'm only the passenger!

I imagine the majority of people will do the trip to the tunnel from home in one day but for us 300 miles counts as a long , long way, unless we are desperate to get home we split it into two days

The only charge to change a tunnel booking is the difference between the price paid and the new price on the day and time selected. If it's cheaper you don't get a refund

The staff are fantastic to deal with , I check on the ferry prices for the day and time I want to return so I already know the cost if any of the change before I phone

I'm glad that he's considering giving himself more time, it's a shame to conclude a holiday exhausted from days of driving if there is no absolute deadline to meet

I don't think we've ever not changed the return booking, I'm happy travelling until I'm not and then I just want to go home. Plus we know if Albert has a problem with melanoma we can return at anytime without worry

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