Tam, Jade and Franky's European Adventure

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Well that's it the day has arrived to set off on what should hopefully be my trip of a lifetime ....still bricking it but the excitement of exploring new ground is starting to kick In.
Thought I'd start myself a dedicated thread which I'll try to post pics and stuff on ...still not figured out how to do a blog...i might do at some point but will see.

Id planned to set off early this morning as I want to spend a few days travelling down from Fife to Portsmouth rather than just hitting the motorways south. But I got delayed as I'd stayed over at my mum's yesterday so I could do a few things round the house for her begore leaving , took her to asda to get her shopping in etc this morning , can't help but worry about her just now...dont know if it's just because I stayed with her a few weeks after I had my hernia opp done back in August and again there over Christmas time and I can't help notice how much she's aging :( ....shes had a few falls while I've been there and although they haven't been serious she's had some cracking bruises and i worry incase she has a more serious one :(
So although she is tough as old boots my mum and the matron in her is good at putting on fronts and hiding stuff she was choking back tears when I left which nearly had me started and I've had to drown out my brain with heavy metal tunes all the way from Fife to the borders.

I also had a minor disaster earlier as I dropped a 4 pint bottle of milk in the van and it exploded and the milk went everywhere I got covered and so did the floor the units and part of the carpet .....i done the Rita Hayward scream and dashed around trying to mop it all up and washed everything but i thknk some wrnt under the units that i cant access and im now dreading the repercussions over the next few weeks if it has .....nightmare.

Got off to a good start on the Edinburgh city bypass too as think there was an accident buy I got stuck in tailback for 45 mins.

Ah well the journey has began lets hope it goes smoother.
Not far from Berwick upon tweed now and I think that will be my stop for tonight if I can find a wild spot.
Gotta find someplace to pick up a pair of leisure batteries too as mine are definately knackered but I didn't get a chance to use my usual choice of retail outlet ie eBay as earliest delivery was Monday 8th which is no good.
So if anyone can recommend anywhere to pick up some that would be appreciated.
I'm travelling down the a1 might venture off here and there for Yorkshire etc
 

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Have a great trip and remember you can always turn round and come home if your Mum needs you in an emergency, but hopefully you won’t have to.
 

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Which day and time do you leave Portsmouth. might have a completely unknown wild spot for you about an hour from Portsmouth on the A3.
 

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And........ I ve decided to watch your thread............so ..................i expect lovely photos and diatribes that i can salivate on til our holiday, and would be interested to find out where you think you are going at this stage............in return, if I know of any, i ll point out some spots for you (as I m sure others will as well)
 
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I'm watching you too
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Have a great trip.
Your mum's tears were nothing to do with you going , it's finally sunk in that you broke her Christmas decorations:D.
Make sure you replace them on your travels.
Keep safe, and keep us informed .
John
 

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Have a great trip & looking forward to updates(y)

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I also had a minor disaster earlier as I dropped a 4 pint bottle of milk in the van and it exploded and the milk went everywhere I got covered and so did the floor the units and part of the carpet
I seem to remember that @ianthebuilder did the same during the early days of his touring. What is it about you blokes and spilt milk?? I bet you never spill your beer. :D:D
 
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Have a great trip.
Your mum's tears were nothing to do with you going , it's finally sunk in that you broke her Christmas decorations:D.
Make sure you replace them on your travels.
Keep safe, and keep us informed .
John
Ha he perhaps..she text just a few minutes ago complaining I've tightened her jam jar lid too much and she can't get it open ....see she'll be glad I've gone really

Oh and the crimbo decs....:D2
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All fixed ....like new
 
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I seem to remember that @ianthebuilder did the same during the early days of his touring. What is it about you blokes and spilt milk?? I bet you never spill your beer. :D:D
The thing jumped out my hand guvvner honest ...what a bloody mess though my trainers are ruined

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I've found a lovely spot in Berwick right on the water ...massive waves look beautiful but can't get a pic in the dark so I'll grab one in the morning....i have one neighbour an old model swift kontiki i think

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Love the area around Berwick, but you have many even more interesting places to come.

Enjoy them, and safe travelling.
 
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Bat Meg and tayna do next day delivery HTSH
 
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Ok raider, so your off!!!

This is gonna be interesting, I think!! Lolol

Go outdoors do batteries, I saw a few here in Canterbury, yesterday!!

Have a great trip,,,,,

Ps,, that heavy metal will turn your brains to mush!!!
 
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Ok raider, so your off!!!

This is gonna be interesting, I think!! Lolol

Go outdoors do batteries, I saw a few here in Canterbury, yesterday!!

Have a great trip,,,,,

Ps,, that heavy metal will turn your brains to mush!!!
Ok your your second person to mention go outdoors so I had a look and whadyaknow Theres one in Berwick just round corner from where I'm parked up so I'll saunter round there tomorrow.

Can't beat a good bit of heavy metal when your driving....here have a listen



Give it a month I'll be playing that on my ukelele :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 
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"I'm travelling down the a1 might venture off here and there for Yorkshire etc

aye up thas no chance of getting to Brighton once thar in Gods country

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"I'm travelling down the a1 might venture off here and there for Yorkshire etc

aye up thas no chance of getting to Brighton once thar in Gods country
Well I'll go t foot of stairs! Thars bin in yorkshire before.....lovely part of country i even bought a comemorative t towel last time.


but I'm heading to Spain and I've a ferry to catch next week so this time will only be a 24 hour visit :)
 

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Methinks this is going to be an interestingetesting thread to follow with possibly a few calls for advice :LOL:.

I'll be following with interest and may even meet you if you come to our part of Spain although @ianthebuilder drove past TWICE!!!

Good luck and enjoy.
 
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Methinks this is going to be an I retesting thread to follow with possibly a few calls for advice :LOL:.

I'll be following with interest and may even meet you if you come to our part of Spain although @ianthebuilder drove past TWICE!!!

Good luck and enjoy.
Where are you in Spain? To be honest I've no idea where I'll be ha ha but there's always a chance

And your probably right on the advice

First thing will be recomendationsfor a scenic relaxed non toll route from Santander to Barcelona area taking maybe a few days to take in some sights on route

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