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Staycation Devon/Dorset

It's all over bar the shouting...

We set off about 9.55am after breakfast, emptying the Thetford cassette and the grey water. Amazing how much you can use when only using the water for washing up after meals. We stood there for ages and ages....

Emptying the Thetford is a piece of p.... well you can guess. It comes out of the Van easily enough and can be towed to the chemical toilet "loo". We use the tea-bag style of chemical in ours. They aren't cheap but saves messing about with bottles of stuff and measuring in the caps!

We were hoping t make it before the overnight rain returned. In that we were sadly unlucky and it started raining before we had got very far and was pretty much full on until we got to Maidstone.

Our first stop was at Winchester Services. The satnav didn't waver in the route we should take, although Google maps on Claire's phone gave an alternate route to the M3 by going further along the M27 and then up the A3 and A3M. There was an accident on the M3. As we gotnearer the traffic increased and we crawled along until Winchester was past and the A34 junctions and we flowed a bit. it was around two hours on the road. A coffee and a sandwich for us and a pee break for Reggie.

As we headed up the M3 keeping to around 55mph and "Life in the Slow Lane", Google came and said that there were huge holdups where the M3 and M25 meet. It suggested a magical mystery tour across Farnborough towards Farnham and the A31 to the A3. Allegedly to save us 30 minutes. Of course, that could have been the route we had taken had the delay countdown for the accident on the M3 kept getting shorter and shorter, meaning we ploughed up the M3!

One of the bugbears with driving in the UK is that drivers have no idea what the lines on the road mean. As we came down the hill from M25 Junction 8 towards the M23 (J7) we were in the inside lane. We couldn't move out into the next lane to the right as it was occupied by a car, the outer two lanes similarly filled with cars. But, the guy towing the caravan that we were overtaking seemed to think that he could come straight out into the lane we were occupying! Rule 259 buddy! he had to stay on the hard shoulder and come in behind us. I was unable to move out to let him pass and also at 60mph unable to slow to let him join. Loads of flashing lights and hand gestures later. Read the f*cking Highway Code you clown.

Highway Code - Rule 259

Highway Code - Rule 259

Anyway that was the last we saw of him. We finally arrived home about 4pm. Nearly five hours. But considering the traffic on the A35 and then the M3, plus the lunch stop I think we did okay.

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:55 Archived in England

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