Just four more sleeps to go before we set off on our biggest adventure yet. In anticipation of the royalties rolling in, the book cover has already been completed: The plan has been worked out in detail although it probably needs a little more work as it only covers the first 24 hours after we board the ferry at Plymouth this Sunday and arrive in Santander on Monday. After that things are a little fluid although the general idea is to follow a route something like this: Don't look too closely at the route above, it represents more of a "line of intention" than a detailed itinerary but it may give the general idea, which is to sneak round the top of the Pyrenees, take a swerve near Toulouse to stay a couple of days with a cousin I haven't seen for forty years then head more or less east, keeping the sea on our right and eventually down along the Croatian coast, visiting one or two islands in the process. The return journey will be along a slightly different route but will end back at Santander at the end of July. Starting and finishing at Santander is a bonkers way to get to Croatia from Plymouth and we probably should plan these things better, but we enjoy this ferry to Spain so we are going this way - so there! Of course we may not get beyond Italy, we shall just have to see how things go. The "crew" on this trip are the DBKs and Charlie the Dog, who will be 8 months old when he boards the ferry and I suspect may be a quivering wreck who has aged ten years when he comes off as he is still young enough to find everything new a strange and potentially frightening experience. He barks at leaves and clouds. The best news is the forecast for the Bay of Biscay looks very good for the time of our crossing. Given the need to have Charlie on deck as much as possible I suspect we will also be doing quite a bit of whale watching as well. Roll on Sunday!