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Awaycation France - Planning Started

It's just twenty days until we set off for France and our first ever MoHo adventure across the channel.

With the price of fuel going up and up we will need to compensate by eating more frugally and that means in the van or cooking in it. Fewer lunches in restaurants and more visits to the likes of Carrefour and Auchun for produce. It will probably be a good thing as far as food goes to stick more closely to our Slimming World plan!


We have to collect the animal health paperwork up from the Vet's in Folkestone on the Monday before we travel but that should be a mere formality.

The van is currently in Rye at JC where they have been sorting out the missing spare keys. As I was in Czech for a week at the end of last month it seemed a good idea to let them have it and keep it on their secure parking lot until we are ready. Of course, we need to get it and clean it, inside and out, and then try to get the scratches off the side windows. Scratches caused by untrimmed roadside bushes and trees! Hopefully the stuff that was recommended by other MoHo owners will work and make it look more presentable.

I have also uprated the satnav/gps capability by installing the Road Lords navigation app. It is programmable for the dimensions of the vehicle and unlike the Ohrex we currently have it doesn't assume we are in a lorry. They can be used together when we need assistance.

Dog food? We are still unable to meat or meat products into the EU. We have the same food safety standards but there you go. But you can take fish! So we have ordered fish mince from Romney Raw to see if Reggie will eat it. If he does we can take enough to get him by for a day or two. Then we can buy some French raw mince from a frozen food chain called Picard. That's what he really did after retiring from the bridge of the Enterprise?

The first stop will be the Picard and then we head down to Peronne to the south of Arras. I was going to try and save money where possible and try to avoid toll motorways. But I think for the first day we need to suck it up and take the A26 and A1 to nearby the town and then come off. With the Emovis tag fitted in the windscreen we should be able to progress without having to mess with manual booths and credit cards or cash.

We have only one night at the site there before we head down into Burgundy and the campsite at Santenay. Two nights there in the heart of the Montrachet vineyards.

Recently I have downloaded a few apps and have signed up for a couple of camping systems. we might not actually use them on this trip to stay overnight, but France Passion also has places where you can park up and camp overnight, if need be, in exchange for buying produce etc. These might prove useful when budgeting for meals as stops along the route.

So that's it so far. The countdown began when the calendar clicked over into June.

Posted by InvictaMoto 22:41 Archived in France

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