The mechanic said Hetty was good to go ..4pm ..let’s see if there’s a place for us on the next ferry …yup …at 8-45 am next morning ..so we threw in what clothes we thought we would need ..chuck in a medicine bag ..raided the larder for food to take ..and by 6-30 pm we were off to Portsmouth 300+ miles The roads were empty and made good time having stopped at burger king for a snack ..

A34 had the daftest road works and diversions ..then same with M3 ..had another 20 mile diversion to get onto the M27..arrived in a fair old lather at 2am ..bedded down in the queue of other motor homes of various poshness ..We said these people must have spent the kid inheritance to afford such vans ..we are fine with our lovely Hetty now a Classic Hymer at 21 years old ..we have owned her for 18 fun years ..

Loaded onto the ferry at 6-30am

We bought Scooby snacks to eat in our cabin if to lumpy for the restaurant ..

And so it was at 6pm just off Brest no one could stand up..even the drunk lorry driver crawled to the bar for his next pint ..

Blow this for a game of soldiers we said …Bed for us and our snacks ..clinging to any thing Immoveable we managed to get to our cabin as a tannoy announcement warned of a very rough night and everybody who had a berth to go below ..

We hear of bumps in the night but this crossing was probably the worst I’ve been on ..thought I was gonna get thrown out of bed at one point ..

Woke to a calm sea and a full English breakfast yum yum ..docked at 1-30 pm Wednesday to head for San Sebastián to an Area de camping in the city kindly added by Ourtour.co.uk to there blog a day prior ..not ever thinking they would still be there ..but yes their Hymer is in the carpark ..

These two are only in their late thirties or very early forties and have pack in work ..magic ..we followed their adventure over the last few years and their blog help us enormously when doing our Italian trip last year as they put on GPS coordinates for places to park up for the night ..not just car parks but beaches ..a great help ..

JULIE JASON AND CHARLIE OF OUR TOUR turned up at around 6pm and came to visit ..We hadn’t met before but it was like meeting up with old friends ..a few glasses later we had put the world to rights

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.


  1. Keep em coming Susan, enjoying the trip almost as much as you. Oh, and I didn’t feel at all queasy through the Bay of Biscay

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