Three Go Adventuring Again

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  1. John Laidler

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    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:

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    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:

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    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! :):):)
     
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  2. Robert Clark

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    Looks like a great adventure - we're planning a trip to Croaitia in September so will be following your journey with interest. Not many Aires in Croatia, and I'm not a great fan of camp sites, in particular being fenced in on all sides. Maybe the coastal ones directly border the sea?
    Enjoy yourselves !
     
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    If its as good as your previous adventure,can't wait to follow "The Famous Three"bring it on!!
     
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    Lots of pictures and especially prices on where you stay please...(y)

    Oh and don't forget..... Have a fab time...:)
     
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    Looks like a great trip...

    We have not long arrived on the Peljesac peninsula in Croatia...looks like your loose ( good idea ) plan may take you there...

    Beautifully peaceful and fresh at this time of year...there are still wolves howling in the mountains at night and signs saying beware of the Bears and wild pigs...none spotted so far!
     
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    have a good one .
    every day will be an adventure.
    you know the rules , no toll roads . avoid m,ways ,avoid dual carriage ways . small roads only .
    smile and wave at the locals .
    you will miss us though , ha ha .
     
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    Good luck with your trip, it sounds really exciting
     
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    That looks like it's going to be a great adventure!really look forward to reading your blog . Have a safe journey and a wonderful time!(y)
     
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    Great looking route. Have a good trip (y)
     
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    We are not sure if we dare take Charlie to Europe, there is a danger European flora may not recover from his visit.

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    On the fence behind him are the remains of an evergreen clematis. The whole fence should be covered in white blossom but last week Charlie did some early pruning on the lower branches. What remains after he had chewed through most of the branches you can see in the picture. The bench we have added to protect what is left.

    Under the bucket is today's effort - a stump of a small camelia previously in full bloom.

    But we have forgiven him. Just an extra small twist will have his head back on correctly. :)

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    Good luck and have a lovely time and don't forget the food pictures (y)
     
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    What, photos of fragments of trees and bushes? Might squeeze some human stuff in as well of course. :)
     
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    Have you "done" Florence ?

    If not do it.
     
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    what nightingale ?
    come on he isnt that old .
     
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    That was on the original plan, being a Magic Roundabout fan, but Charlie is going to be a factor in how much traipsing through streets we do and of course taking him into churches etc will be problematic. We will just have to see how we get on and how hot it is going to be. Leaving him alone in the MH for long periods could be risky although his ideas on redistributing the seat covers and interior foam will no doubt be inventive.

    Which reminds me, I need to pack a large pair of pliers for potential dental use. :)
     
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    Any recommendations for good campsites or of course aires (if any) would be much appreciated. I'll be using the ACSI book and CamperContact mostly but personal recommendations will trump my pin in the map approach. :)
     
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    camp sites what are they or airres . i forgot you arent allowed to use either of them ,. park not camp.
     
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    Slovenia is the same I understand, no "wild camping". Of course people do in out of the way places.
     
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    We have always stayed here...

    http://www.maestral-camping.hr/

    ...when in the Peljesac area but there are several other sites nearby that have an equally good position and might be be better when the area gets busier...we have only ever been to this area in May.

    Currently there are only 6 "units" spread around the site so there is loads of space and the facilities are readily available...usually it stays like this for May and then ( we're told) gets gradually busier...wouldn't enjoy being here in August from some of the pics we've seen.

    There are numerous inexpensive fairly basic "autocamps" all the way down the coastal road ( Magistrale) South towards Dubrovnik...I think these tend to serve as Aires...fine for an overnight stop.
     
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    Many thanks!
     

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