(hopefully the google map location worked above, bear with me if it didn’t)
Buzz, buzz, buzz the alarm goes off at 4am, by 4.20am we were ready to leave this Aire at Canterbury for the euro tunnel. I popped over to the ticket machine, guess what, it’s broken! The screen was locked at a £45 credit card payment at 8.32pm last night! I frantically put my ticket in all the slots and then any slot but to no avail!
Now we are trapped in the compound, the barrier can only be opened with a ticket. The clock is ticking, I press the help buttons but there’s no response, I run around to the other side of the building, there might be another ticket machine, there isn’t. I can see another payment machine inside the building, but the doors are locked! A quick look around for a telephone number but there isn’t any information at all.
What am we going to do? Incredibly a council employee arrived in a van, I literally pounced on him, not a pretty site at 4.35am! After a quick explanation he kindly opened the building and I used the inside machine, made my payment and we escaped!
Drove to the tunnel but due to my poor planning, I had to stop twice at the terminal, once to dig the passports out and my debit card that I paid on, secondly to switch the gas off, we joined the queue but we didn’t make the 5.45 am, we had to wait for the next one at 6.20am
We were directed on to the train carriage about 6.10am, now we were in the first 10 vehicles at the front of the train.
35 minutes later we arrived and drove off cautiously and slowly towards Dunkerque. I have to familiarise myself to the new driving situation, positioning despite the van being a left-hand drive. I quickly grew in to it. After half an hours drive we pulled off the A16 for diesel at 1.37 euro per litre.
Breakfast at the seaside, pulled up at Dunkerque near the beach front, the weather is not so kind, it’s pouring with rain and very grey, we would like a walk, but we didn’t sleep last night and need to have a nap.
We moved to an old Aire camping spot 200 yards away and we had 40 winks. Awoken by the council maintenance team cutting and strimming the overgrown grassy areas, we have a look at finding somewhere to sleep tonight. After researching we decide to go to Ypres about 30 miles away and stay on a newly built Aire. Put the coordinates in and off we go, after an hour it doesn’t feel right, and we end up outside a farmer’s barn, this is definitely not right!
We check the coordinates again and I had mixed the digits up, maybe it’s because I was tired, the correct ones entered and now it’s another hour’s drive! I am annoyed with myself, but I’ve learnt an invaluable lesson to check the map after the coordinates have been entered.
Found the Aire easily and it’s a good spot, by a large lake surrounded by tall trees, it has all the usual facilities (no toilets) for 8 euros per night including electric. (N50.83628, E2.90506) Kampeerautoterrein Zillebekevijver.
It’s a short walk in to Ypres tomorrow and the weather forecast is looking better as well.
14 thoughts on “I’m a motor-homer let me out of here!”
Sounds like a busy and kind of stressful journey. Hopefully you have some fantastic and pleasant travels from no on. Great blog post.
Hi Dan, thanks and I am sure we will more travelers tales to tell. Dave & Cathy
Never plain sailing for you two is it!
Have fun! Xx
Hi Les S, you know us so well! Dave & Cathy
Heres hoping things go smoother for you! Sounds like an adventure already at day 2. Paul and I would have been divorcing by now lol. Have fun we will keep checking your blog xx
Hi Carrie, Cathy gave me the “look” when I told her in order to get the passports from the safe she had to move all of her stuff out of the way! Dave & Cathy
Hi D&C, Canterbury oh.dear!Reminds us of when we got locked in to car park in Worcester a few years ago. Fortunately we managed to get the council to release us.
As for getting lost you were telling me how good your sat.nav. was!!!
Hope you have enjoyed your day in Ypres, the building in the square is quite something when you realise it was absolutely destroyed in WW1.
Travel Safely ,Love Dad&Mum xxx x
Hi Dad, the sat nav is good it’s the data inputter that is the problem! The council guy told me he was there 45 minutes earlier than usual that morning, so we were lucky.
What a muppet! Bet Cathy was steaming.
Invaluable lessons learnt though emmsy.
Hi Lou, glad you are following us, I bet you can imagine her face when I said the passports are in a safe!
Have fun both of you. Looking forward to your next update with anticipation
I would have been having an absolute meltdown if I was stuck in the compound at 4am!!!
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