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Published: September 5th 2015
The sky was clear when we went to bed even if a little chilly but my goodness, did it rain in the night. Had to leap up to shut the roof vents.
Luckily it had dried off by the time we got ready to leave.
Heading south, Le Mans first stop on our way to the south as though we’ve driven past we’ve never visited up to now and Bob has found a campsite close enough so we can scooter in.
The overnight rain returned as we left and stayed with us all morning on and off. Reminds us of the weather we’ve been having in Staffordshire this summer, a little bit too much cloud and grey sky and too little blue sky and sun.
We were not in any particular rush so Bob chose a route avoiding toll rolls and motorways. He is still learning to drive the new Tomtom but he likes it a lot. It’s a shame though that the Tomtom cannot be persuaded to avoid French dualled N roads as well as motorways as, as far as I’m concerned, as a passenger, they are not anything like as interesting
as the normal single carriage way roads we prefer where we pass through towns and villages and are generally far more scenic.
Had a slight problem with our new Tomtom guide who I am going to christen Tina Tomtom. She’s very nice and clear but has a problem pronouncing French place names and as she always adds a place name to her directions when we change roads, I’ve been confused, several times, as to where we were going. It became easier once I realised that she was pronouncing French words in a very English way.
First challenge for the day was to avoid Rouen. After a couple of unfortunate experiences in Rouen we go out of our way to avoid it. However in order to go South in France it is necessary to cross the Seine so we have become quite inventive in finding routes across the Seine without going through Rouen. Today’s choice was the little ferry or bac at Duclair. The ferry was about to leave as we arrived so the ferry man waved us through the red light, Bob drove on, the car in front pulled forward a foot to make room and
before our wheels had stopped rolling the ferry had set off. Quicker than driving across a bridge !
We drove through some very pretty villages, Normandy is always worthy of a drive as we love the style of buildings and the floral displays.
Bob was persuaded, by me, to drive through 2 towns as I was intent on avoiding the dual carriageways and in both cases we had a bit of difficulty finding the road out as for some reason the town next on the route was not on the signposts. Driving through town centres of indeterminate road widths is not always recommended when in a 3.5 ton 7 metre motorhome but fortunately Bob, as always, squeezed us through.
We stopped for lunch in DamVille, another pretty little town with streets lined with lovely old buildings and lots and lots of flowers. We do enjoy the French system of Ville Fleuri whereby the towns and villages are allocated a floral rating. 4 fleuries are always a real delight.
The rain stopped just after lunch and the weather looked a little more promising. We arrived at our campsite mid afternoon and
I as usual, tested the little swimming pool. There were 3 plumber and heating engineer vans by the sanitaires obviously carrying out some emergency repairs to it was no surprise to learn the pool today was unheated. Not a problem, I’ve swum in far colder. Had to do 40 lengths as the pool is only 9 metres long.
We then walked along to the village, over the roman bridge, hopefully in search of a nice little bar. Failed to find a nice bar little or otherwise so returned to the campsite for dinner. Will have to load this blog much, much later when everyone else has gone to bed and stopped using the wifi as it is obviously being used way beyond its capacity.
Tomorrow we will scooter into Le Mans.
Campsite is : Onlycamp, Camping Le Pont Romain in Yvre-L’Eveeque near Le Mans.
Little pool, bar, good sanitaires, very green surroundings, convenient Le Mans, free but intermittent Wifi.
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