Portugal bound

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  1. Malcolm Bolt

    Malcolm Bolt Funster Life Member

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    At last we are getting away from the Yorkshire winter and heading south.

    The van went in for a bit of work on Dec 14th to rectify a few issues. I was aware before I bought it that the van had no synchromesh on third gear. Unfortunately I never did master the art of double de-clutching and laterly I lost synchromesh on second gear and was struggling with first. Not a problem on the flat but slowing down to almost a stop, negotiating a roundabout and exiting up-hill was a right twat.
    I also asked for the suspension to be checked out as the van rocked like buggery on every showground we visited last year. So what with gearbox, new springs, new tyres and other odds and sods I now also have a huge hole in my pocket. Let's just get away from the damp and hit the sun.
     
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    Those tweaks will give you another 100,000 miles motoring!

    Drive carefully...

    See you down here.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    hi
    not so much sun in the Algarve at the moment--------but it is forecast to be around next week--------where are you heading to??------it would be great to meet up
     
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    Our thoughts at the moment are get to Portugal by way of Benidorm but as always that is flexible. We were still on the A64 in the crap weather in the dark two nights ago looking for a pull in to check out a new noise. 'Were the wheel nuts tight?' A saw a sign for sefvices and turned off. Oops not an exit lane at all, not even a layby. I had turned off at speed into a bloody bus-stop. Now bus-stops aren't very long and the footpath at the end of it wasn't very wide. Result belly down in the ruts provided by the last poor sod with a similar idea. Two hours later and we spent our first night of the trip in a pull in close by a Mac Ds. Surely things will get better.
     
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    Whoops!

    Glad you are ok.


    JJ :cool:
     
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    Glad you got soughted Malcolm,so now have enjoyable Travels and a great new year to you Both,Best Regards Alf and Marianne(y)
     
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    Yesterday saw an uneventful drive down to Poole. A stroll into the old town took us to into a warm looking bar. Still early so I was not surprised there were no other customers. It was warm, we ordered, took our seats, and took a swallow. Now the place may have had a much better atmosphere when the open mike session started later but the flys buzzing round my head did not pusuade me to stay and our next drink was in Weatherspoons. Unusually this place was in need of a substantial refurb and we waiked back to the van for our evening meal. The port is a great stopover with fresh water, loos, shower and cassette dump.
     
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    Things are definitely on the up. Food on board is good. Just had an early lunch that was not too expensive. Paid in Sterling. Exchange rate €1 = 65p. Heading towards Fougères for an overnight then probably crack on south tomorrow.
     
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    After a few weeks in Spain we'd really like to get back to Portugal, but the Weather App on my phone won't let us.

    Posted from a blistering hot Espania.
     
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    Enjoy your selfs
    we may be down that way mid March if all goes well with hospitals
    be nice to meet up again
     
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    Hello Mr. & Mrs Bolt, good to hear your on the road again all be it with a lighter wallet, find the sun keep us posted, (y) x
     
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    Safe journey and have a fantastic time hope you find the sun!
     
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    Have a great time you two enjoy the sunshine in Portugal xx
     
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    Safe Travels :) :) :) love from us three xxx
     
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    You need a different weather app, O Blessed Leader.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Not far from us then.
    There's a reasonable, for France, Indian restaurant in Fougeres, if you like that sort of meal. It's halfway down the hill opposite the Chateau
     
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    Hi there going same way on 5feb can you tell me what time can you park at Poole port ? Have a safe tip.
     
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    It predicts the weather in Spain very well, as it did when in Portugal.:) As it happens We would love to be back in Portugal, the natives are so much nicer, but ........the weather this past month!!!! We'd sit there wishing we were in Wales ;) Sun has just gone down here, giving me some blessed relief and I can now see my computer screen without it being in a box and I'm looking forward to Siân administering the aftersun lotion :)
     
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    Thanks for that. Unfortunately due to our recent outgoings we are likely to be eating back at the van tonight.

    Currently holed up in bar 'le Glacier' the ground is wet but it isn't cold. The beer is cold and a bit cheaper than the rosé. Not sure if the new chest fridge/freezer in the boot was my best idea. Not yet sure how long I (batteries) will last without recharging. At present I intend to drive each day until the sun starts to help out or we get a couple of buckets of electricity.
     
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