Glorious day for a picnic so we headed east towards Dover and went down on to Samphire Hoe. This is the reclaimed piece of land that juts out into the English Channel that is formed from the spoil out of the Channel Tunnel. As well as a tunnel facility it has a huge wildlife area with good car parks and walks along the waters edge. On a clear day you can easily see Calais and all of the shipping in the channel.
After a picnic lunch and a walk around the reserve we headed home via Dungeness just to see the Channel from another angle.
Grabbed a few days away to visit Broadstairs and, as new members, sample Camping and Caravan Club Certified Sites. We found a convenient site off the beaten track, Orchard Hose at Preston. Orchard was definitely to order of the day as the pickers from all over Europe started early each morning. The site was basic but great for £12 and very quiet.
We spent a day parked up on Broadstairs harbour wall, walked around the town and along the beach and cliffs. We always used to enjoy riding out on our motorbike to Broadstairs for a fish and chip lunch but having coffee and the lunch in our own van while we watched the sea was great. Only spoilt by some idiot locals feeding sea gulls in the middle of the car park!
Our first trip away for 3 nights and we have the bikes on the towbar. We found a magic little camp site near Cromer for a couple of nights. On Monday we tried cycling into Cromer and expected to use our phones for navigation but it seems that the north Norfolk coast is a Vodafone free zone. Never mind we had a great day out and of course ice creams by the sea.
On Tuesday we meandered south through the Broads in glorious sunshine and finally ended up on a site by the sea just before Selafield. We had a great evening in amongst the pines on a warm summers night – almost Mediterranean.
We are learning the tricks with our van. On the way home going round a roundabout the cutlery drawer flew out and landed on the floor – lemon learn’t – make sure it is latched closed. Next we pulled into the services to make coffee and realised that we would have to demount the bike carrier to open the tailgate in order to reach the gas locker to turn it on. More expensive Costa’s – must investigate a carrier that works.
A first week away in our van to celebrate a special birthday.
We booked a week in a nice rental property in Christchurch celebrating a special birthday and enjoying driving the new van.
We have our bikes on the towbar carrier – they ride very well and I discovered that disconnecting the tow electrics with the alarm set will set it off so I am going to make an extension to wrap around the bikes before plugging it in.
On Wednesday we visited Jason at Absolute Audio in Amesbury to have our Knewood ICE / Sat Nav fitted with upgrade speakers. The sound is spectacular and Jason’s service is great.
We made the most of the opportunities to cycle around the area with a ride to Sandbanks for lunch one day and the other direction on the last day. Sue’s birthday we celebrated with a nice meal in a popular restaurant by Christchurch harbour followed by cocktails at the posh hotel next to our rented accomodation.