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Awaycation France - Day 16

Homeward Bound.

With the Shuttle not until 3.50pm we don't have to be there realistically until 1.50pm. Eurotunnel say to arrive no earlier than 4 hours before departure.

My plan is to go up the D940 all the way. If we go from here about 10am we have plenty of time to stop and maybe use a bit of LPG gas and have a coffee and biscuits, before arriving in Coquelles.

We'll have to see.

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Reggie of course needed his comfort break about 6.30am as usual. After a late nigh whilst the French welcomed Bastille Day with well over an hour of fireworks. It seemed from every angle there were pops and bangs. Reggie was angry and barking. It was well after midnight when the noise subsided.

No sooner had I got Reggie back in the Van than it started to rain. All hands on deck to close windows and both sun roofs!! It lasted no more than five minutes and barely wet the ground.

0830

Up. The sun is out and hopefully will dry the awning before we pack it away.

Reggie now asleep after all his nocturnal meanderings under the bed and into the storage boxes under the bench seats.

1420

Arrived at Eurotunnel after a stop just outside Boulogne. We stopped for coffee and then had an egg and bacon McMuffin from the golden arches company. We had to park in the Leclerc parking as McD not big enough for Suki. This little Innocenti mini was in there.

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Our route this morning mostly on the D940 from St Valéry to Sangatte. Apart from some weird detour that until I check my timeline in Google Maps I have no idea if it was for the better.

The D940 is excellent for bikes. The blanket 80kph speed limit is enforced but a waste of the perfectly flat smooth surface. It is even enjoyable in Suki.

There were so many motorhomes around. Oddly not that many British. We have been here so often so we are surprised when we see some new developments. Houses being built. New restaurants. Older ones tidied up etc.

We had a slight problem as the vet in Abbeville hadn't filled in the right bit of the AHC. We need to make sure in future that page 4 is filled in properly. She did a separate letter signed and stamped with the vet's authority but they didn't like it! But let us in "this once". They had all the necessary details though. Bit jobsworthy! The vet spent ages on the internet following instructions on completing the form! What a farce. Whilst we were there two dogs came in with the old pet passports and had gone before us.

As we queued for the train and as sat in the queue we watched one of them loading onto the train we were booked on!

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When we checked in the woman said our train was 1550. The one we were booked on. Within five minutes 1550 had become 1650!!! We bought some beer and got a coffee. It was back to 1550. It was easy enough getting through both border controls. The French had one window open that suddenly became three. We switched lanes and got through.

NB: The beer is not for us but for our neighbour John, as he had sorted the broken mirror and fitted my replacement before we set off.

The only possible problem was Border bloke came on to check we had no stowaways and Reggie lunged at him. Luckily he was on the short harness lead and was about a foot short of the bloke's thigh...

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As expected we are still in Lane 8. The 1550 gas come and gone and it is back to 1620 now... I gave been using Eurotunnel many times a year since it opened and I can say that I can count on one hand how many times I gave been on the train I booked and paid for. As for earlier trains. One.

The reasons for the delays were blamed on border controls. But as they are running only two trains an hour maybe they have more vehicles than space.

It now says "G3 Boarding imminent". Train time 1620.

What are the chances?

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We are off!!!

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Arrived and away. We were in the second carriage. A detour via Tesco at Cheriton and we are home. Unpacking Suki almost over. Chicken doner kebab meat and salad ordered for last supper...

Back on plan tomorrow?

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:16 Archived in France

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