Alf and I had a lovely few days on the beach and even better because it was so unexpected. The weather was lovely and I quickly rushed to set up camp so I could find the beach. I could hear the roar of the ocean but it took a few twists and turns before I could actually find it! And it was lovely to see Alfie have a little run on the beach. He is getting slower and slower so it was really great to see.
I spent a few hours paddling and sitting watching the waves and the little oyster catchers hopping around before I had to pop back to the van. But after a spot of lunch – delicious prawns and rose wine I’d picked up earlier we headed back to catch the sunset. I’m so glad we did – it’s truly magical to watch the colour reflect and change on the water and sand. There was only a few people around -a couple of ladies had been for a swim. I thought about it but after a paddle decided it was too cold for me.
Back at the van I indulged in a session on Netflix – I’ve been pleasantly surprised to be able to access to it at all but it’s not all the time so I owe indulge when I get it.
Sunday was my first day off – with no driving. It was a really foggy start so I headed back to bed for a bit – the roof tent really is quite cosy whatever the weather. Alf was delighted with chance of lay-in and snored on all morning. I eventually got up and did some hand washing – so at least I didn’t feel totally lazy and wrote my last blog post. By one the sun was out and it was warming up – so we headed back to the beach. This time with provisions – some bread, cheese and some rose. The afternoon was spent reading, thinking, watching and wandering along the shore. I was going to stay for sunset but Alf was getting hungry (which means he was being annoying!) I’d also forgotten a sweatshirt and it was rapidly getting chilly. So I headed back to Beryl, via the empty but open bar / restaurant for a mojito. It wasn’t the best so I stopped at on.
My original thought had been to move on Monday, but I decided to stay where I was. I took the opportunity of good showers to top up the pink in my hair and then went off to explore the island. It really is pretty – lots of cycle paths through woods, some small vineyards, beautiful beeches and whitewashed bungalows with sage green shutters. It was also pretty deserted – I can imagine it’s heaving in summer, so whilst nearly everywhere was shut I felt lucky to experience it like this.
Once I got back to camp I spent nearly three hours on chat and the phone to 3 mobile trying to get my sim in my mifi to work. No luck yet I’m just not getting any signal – I’m going to keep trying when I move on and give them a call again if it doesn’t pick any up. In the meantime I’m reliant on campsites and McDonald’s. I don’t go into McDonald’s but they have great free wifi and I’ve downloaded POI’s into my phone.
On Tuesday morning – a week since I left the UK I left Ile De Re and headed into La Rochelle. I had to drive by a few car parks until I found one without a height restriction. It looked like a great town so I put alf in his back pack for the first time and headed of to explore.
Unfortunately as I walked out of the car park I saw a height sign at 2m – Beryl is 2.1 – shit. Did they have a barrier at the exit? It didn’t make sense here was also a picture of truck. I decided to deal with it when I got back.
That was the wrong decision. I couldn’t relax – being anxious about getting out of the car park also made me anxious about getting lost. Silly really because if there was going to be a problem it would be there at any time and worse case somehow i could surely drive out the entrance. But I could totally relax so I had a little walk around and a spot of lunch and headed back. I walked over to the exit – there was no barrier – if only I’d done that to start with!
But it turned out fine – I had a little drive around and saw a bit more of the impressive town, then headed towards Rouchefort – well just past it to an aire in Soubise. It was along side a river and in the town – so pretty and handy. There were only a few spots left which filled up pretty quickly after I got there so perhaps the day worked out for the best. After watching a game of boule Alf and I wandered into the village and I’m now sat outside a little bar, next to a huge pot of chrysanthemums, writing this drinking a beer. I’m happy, Alf however is a little pissed off he had a dodgy tummy earlier so he’s not getting any dinner and is not at all impressed!
P.S I had to drive over two bridges today – of course back of the first one and then another this afternoon and again I was relaxed no irrational fear. I know I mentioned it in the lard blog post but I’m so pleased that it’s wasn’t a one off I had to mention it again. Next challenge mountain roads – I’m going to look on the positive and assume that I’m over my fear of these too. I’ll let you know.
PPS. I do have a great pic of alf running on the beach but I’ve just for wifi on my phone so rather than wait I’ve posted with the pics on my phone – I’ll update later
I took my pup to the beach over the weekend and it’s so much fun watching her run around on the beach as fast as she can! It sounds like you have a really great time as well!
It’s a wonderful sight isn’t it. I’m having a lovely time thank you
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