Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Tasmania & Europe
My Motorhome: Hymer Classic B584
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Dropped the ball reporting back on my adventures on this site. After the house sit in Brittany, I left mid canicule to go south a bit, then inland at about La Rochelle point. Meandered through a bunch of Beaux Plus Villages in the Lot region, through the Ardeche to the Verdon Gorge (top nature spot), then Provence. Very hot all this time - top was 37. Got all the way to Nice and the hills overlooking Monaco (horribly built up and the beaches are rubbish compared to the Atlantic ones).
Then went via the Napolean route up over the Alps through heaps of narrow roads and hairpin bends at 30-40 kmph till I got thoroughly sick of that and went down to the lower ground around Gap, up to Chamonix via Annecy (really nice place). Popped over to Switzerland, cooked the front brakes. Got diddled for new discs and pads.
Then got shingles. Luckily not as bad as some people get them, but still very uncomfortable for about a month and by that time I was over travelling. Just wanted to go home. This is at about the 3.5 month mark. Popped over into Germany, Luxemburg (cheaper fuel) and Belgium (bad roads). Found northern France quite dull as pretty much the whole lot was decimated in the wars so you don't get the cute old villages you get further south.
Back to England and a bit of Wales and another 3-4 weeks suffering through the horrible ordeal that is free camping there. This was late August-early Sept, so any tourist spot was chock full. Couldn't even park in a lot of places.
Fridge died completely a week or so before I left. New one is about £1000 and they don't even work well once its over 25 degrees, so I'm putting in a 240 volt compressor fridge, inverter and a dedicated leisure system for it when I go back.
All up did 8800 km over 4.5 months (minus 5 weeks house sit). Lots of steep alpine roads. Averaged 9.9 litres per 100 km (28.5 MPG). I think Frances 80 kmph limit on minor roads helps a lot with that. Left the van in storage (£32.50 p.m.) and will try again this year, hopefully do more house sits. Hardest things are being harassed by yobs occasionally (the price you pay for free camping), loneliness, not enough internet (for tv).
Last edited by wfdTamar; 16-01-2020 at 10:20.