Lenny's 1st Trip South 2018

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  1. DavidG58

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    enjoy your trip, like your aire updates, you cant beat real life experiences :)(y)
     
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    Enjoy your trip hopefully weather improving all the time now we are just about to start for home (y)(y)(y)
     
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  3. Lenny HB

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    Good the bad & the ugly, use that for incoming text on my phone, it does a great job of annoying the boss.:D
     
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    Thank you everyone for all your good wishes.

    Oh why, oh why, did I go down the N10, hated that road last time we went down it seems even worse this year.

    Now at Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire for the night, nice free Aire & services only 4 spaces. Local mini market is a real local one price labels on everything no barcoding, Portuguese wine & beer on the shelves owner looked more Portuguese than French.

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    Likewise with yours David, often find some real gems but rarely go back to them as we tend to just find the nearest one to where we are when we decide to stop.
     
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    As we drove back up the N10 last month, we both noticed that place name and thought it was a stop we had made a couple of years back, but your photo now confirms it definitely wasn't, it was near Angouleme though, south of it like you are in a town centre, room for three alongside a Champion supermarket which didn't open till 10 o_O it was also the first time we saw outdoor washing machines

    still cant think of the town name though, same as we cant a lovely little village we discovered north of there, but I will make it my mission to rediscover both place names when I can find time (y)
     
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    You must drive around France blind they have been about for at least 10 years.:ROFLMAO:
     
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    it's more that we still work, only used to go away for 2 weeks, rarely three and took enough clothes to not need to wash while away before (y)
     
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    The N10 must win the award for the most boring road in France.
    Good quality dual carriageway, almost motorway standard, but with a daft speed limit and no overtaking for over 3.5 tonne vehicles.
    Must be more crashes due to drivers dozing off that there were before.

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    We hate the N10 between Tours and Poitiers. Always pay for the tolls on the parallel A10.
     
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    Can you remember the cost of the tolls on the A10 route between Tours & Poitiers and what do you think is the advantages, interested Thks
     
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    That section of the N10, now renumbered D910, is an old fashioned French single carriageway route national. Goes through lots of towns and villages, most of which are not very picturesque, having been developed to service the old N10 road. They have lots of traffic lights and roundabouts as well as the heavy handed traffic calming the French have been putting in over the last few years in order to slow down the HGVs and encourage them to pay the tolls on the autoroutes. In between the towns and villages there are lots of junctions with local roads that can be dangerous and the scenery is very flat farmland, so not very inspiring. So to sum up stop-start, slow, boring, and dangerous. The A10 runs parallel with the N10 at this stretch and even the HGVs seem to be using it rather than the N10, so the traffic calming is working!

    South of Poitiers the N10 is mainly dual carriageway and the few stretches that aren't seem to be being upgraded. Still not brilliant because of long stretches with 80kph speed limits and no overtaking for anything over 3.5t, so lots of HGV convoys develop, but still much better, especially if you "risk" the overtaking whilst driving a 4.5t moho. Not that I would do that, you understand ;). And in any event the A10 no longer runs parallel and curves round to the coast, so a few more miles to get to Bordeaux.

    I am afraid I can't remember what the tolls are, but I would guess 20 to 30 Euros at most.
     
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    Beautiful sunny day today until we got to the Pyrenees then the rain came back and when we came out of the Somport tunnel on the Spanish side it was (still is) hissing down.
    Interesting trip through the tunnel, when we arrived there the tunnel was closed. They were waiting for a second escort vehicle from the other end then two of them escorted a tanker through the tunnel and didn't reopen it untill it was clear. We were the first through after reopening completely empty until over ½ way through and we saw one of the escort vans coming back.

    Now at The Aire at Jaca 28km from the tunnel in Spain.
    Things I do for you guys & girls, just been out in the scary dark and got soaked to take a pic of the Aire for you.

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    I hope you have booked for Bonterra as the "Completa" signs have been up for about a week now. We have seen quite a few being turned away.
    They are in the process of removing some trees and laying new gas feeds to the boilers in the toilet blocks so a few pitches are out of commission.
    Written this on the assumption you are heading to Bonterra and not Azahar or Tauro.
     
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  15. Lenny HB

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    Meeting friends at Azahar, plenty of room I've been told. We never book anything, sites not our scene.
     
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    Of course we understand. ;);)
    Like you, I wouldn't dream of trying to overtake a slow moving truck on those veeeeery looooong boooooring stretches. ;):):):)

    Richard.
     
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    Well we made it to Benicassim today, lost all my street credit now as we are on a site. I often jokingly reference to sites as prison camps perhaps I was right after all.:)
    Give me a nice Aire/Camper stop anyday.

    A bit low on supplies so thought we would eat out, oh boy what a mistake, prison camp bar choice of food not worth contemplating, walked down to the town, like a ghost town. One posey hotel with no prices on the menu everything else closed apart from a Burger King, at least you can get a beer with your burger over here.
     
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    I thought I was reading our experience in Benicassim. Arrived on site in November a couple of years ago and decided to go out for a meal in the town. Walked passed Burger King and jokingly said "if all else fails we can have a burger" well we could have saved an hour or mores walk. A ghost town is about right nowhere to eat early evening.
    Ended up at Burger King and couldn't even get the order right, ended up with 4 bloody burgers.
     
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    Beni may not be everybody's cup of tea, but at least its all open and lively!!!
     
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    Must have changed then,,we were there on Bonterra Park for all of november 2017 and found plenty of bars and restaurants open every night we walked in...Very busy during the day time. Not much open on the sea front though towards the end of the month..BUSBY..
     
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