Welcome to our 1st blog on our new website!
Would you believe we have been at home for 4 months! It feels like we’ve been home ages but at the same time it has flown, if that makes sense. We’ve done loads of stuff but the best bit has to be seeing all our friends and family…and on the flip side, the worst bit about setting off for a 12 month adventure, the goodbyes. If there is one thing I hate about setting off, its the thought of not seeing family and friends.
We zoomed all the way from Manchester to Dover and caught the 23.15 ferry to Calais. Only stopping for a quick tea break at McDonalds and to let Mac n Tosh out for a quick pickle. Although after 2 hours we did pull over to nurse a sick dude. Tosh seems to get a little travel sick on long jaunts…oh dear, not a good start to the travels. A travel sick, travelling dog, now that will be interesting. Watch this space folks and if anyone has a relief for the little chap, give us a shout.
We arrived at the port two hours before departure. After zipping passed passport control (because we were in the wrong lane although no one stopped us) we proceeded through the maze of lanes and bollards avoiding the occasional strategically placed port personnel to arrive at checking in. We handed in our human passports to quite a chirpy port attendant who then instructed us to head to lane 164. The dog’s were not impressed, they never even got a sniff or a snout on their passports. All that fuss and no one checked our handsome mug shots.
The first in line and two hours until sailing time, so we cracked open the water tap and made a nice cuppa in our new funky kettle (King Hoff). It looks well cool for a stove kettle and the rubber wooden looking handles are well grippy. The boys had a spot of dinner and a quick stretch of their paws before the man in the yellow jacket arrived to signal everyone onboard! Whey hey, we are off. A wiggle and a shuffle before we shot up the ramp and onboard the P&O Pride of Britain ferry. We said too-da-loo to Mac n Tosh and headed upstairs for an hour and a half wander around the food halls and duty free.
So what have we been up to since our last trip? Well it feels like we have done loads of stuff but the main focus points were the website, two puppies, motorbike test and prep the motorhome. First the website, we have never done anything website related before so plenty research before we set to designing what we wanted. The format was important because we wanted to keep it simple, easy to navigate and pleasing on the eye. We messed around with loads of themes until we finally settled on one we both liked. The aim is to share our adventures, pictures and posts as we travel around Europe in our motorhome. As we have been travelling since 2014 we thought it would be a good idea to post all our previous travel so it gives everyone a sense of where we have been to date and what we are about. Preparing and posting all our old travels took quite a bit of time. Craig spent most of his days cutting and pasting the blogs whilst I went and did a few weeks work, which I absolutely loved. We also got ourselves two little miniature dachshunds, which are now 6 months old and took our motorbike test, so we can ride out new little monkey bike. Both of which you will get to see over the coming weeks, I am sure.
Back in Vin the motorhome, we altered the clocks by one hour and then waited for the thumbs us to rock and roll. First off the ferry (we have a video which we will post once we have a good wifi connection) we wiggled our way over and under the network of roads before popping out on the main road to Calais town centre. Two minutes later and we were at the aire and shutting shop. A manic morning followed by a 500 km drive and a ferry crossing…we were shattered. We snuggled up and drifted off to z’z’z land.
Tonights sleep spot – aire €8 per night including water.
GPS coordinates 50.966736N 1.844989E
Route: Home to Calais