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Awaycation France - Day 4


A much better night. Maybe because it wasn't lashing down with rain. There was entertainment at the municipal swimming pool complex last night that meant that no one onsite needed their own. At first it sounded like karaoke but was probably a live act or band. They seemed to be working their way through the 1960's. It went on until about 1130pm.

Reggie decided to sleep all night in his bed rather than ours. He joined us around 5.40am and it over an hour before he wanted his pee break. In and out in time for Claire to have done his breakfast.

We were up and the bed etc stripped and returned to day time spec in less that 15 minutes. A record for us.

We want to leave earlier today as we have around 5 hours on the road plus a couple of Beaux Villages to stop at. Thursday Reggie was cooped up in the can all day as it was raining and he didn't get much of a walk.

The problem is that it is 20 °C at 9am. It is due to get warmer.


Our first stop was planned to be Chagny and a pet shop called Catchien. It's right in the centre of the town and so we had a winding route to get there. It was closed!!! I had planned to buy one of the dog ties that screws into the ground to attach Reggie's lead.

The satnav was set to the first proper stop of Semur en Brionnais, a Beaux Village. It's only about 60 miles from the site. After Chagny we seemed to drive round in a huge loop before settling on the right road south west. For a long while we went alongside a canal with lock after lock. The sign says they are automatically operated.

There was a brief section of dualled N70 before we set off across country to Semur. Here there is a camping-car service area to fill up with clean water and to drain grey water. Grey being waste water but no from toilets. That's called black water. We just parked up and it is free.

A walk into town revealed lots of ancient buildings and a XIIIth century castle. Only one café bar and they were just opening. After a walk around we set off for the campsite in the Auvergne. Time seems to travel very quickly at 55mph and it looked as though the 225 Kms we had left would get us to the site too late.


I reset the satnav to use toll motorways. We then joined the A89 and headed for Clermont Ferrand and the free A75 south. A stop at an Aire on the A89 for lunch and then we were off again. Time slipping by!

We made the 40 kms on the D road to the site in time to arrive at 1634. Just under half an hour before reception closed. We chose a pitch in the trees with some shade. Awning out. Reggie preferring to lie under the van.


Dinner tonight? To be decided.

Tomorrow we head to Salers, another Beaux Village, and then to the site on the Dordogne.

Posted by InvictaMoto 15:43 Archived in France

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