A Quick Zip Across France*

Please Note: Most of the places mentioned below and on other pages, coordinates etc,are on our map.

Well, we moved. And what a move..We are in the middle of France.

We have decided to jump ahead while the weather is bad. Started raining the day we left Spain, and carried on till yesterday evening here in France. No use sitting in Trusty watching rain tipping down. I have a lot to do to Trusty when I get back to base in the UK, also I hate towing this trailer around with the bike behind.

trusty with big bike and trailer

No more of that !!! I have a 125 bike to go on the back on a bike rack, Which I purchase online, without viewing it while we were abroad.

This will free up Trusty to go places we cannot with the trailer and big bike ..

So Quicker through France. and get everything ready and shipshape for the return. Through the North of France, taking in the Somme Battlefields and then on maybe  Italy back through the French Riviera. Spain. then Portugal. That’s the rough guide, but the routes may change, as we go.

Last night we spent on an Aire by the Du Midi Canal,..(below) after filling up with Spanish diesel at the border.

We planned on spending a few days on the coast at a caravan park, but the weather broke so we drove to this Aire on the due midi. Just past Carcassonne.


Not much to say about it really, dirt patch next to boat by a canal, why they call it an aire I fail to see.

Three spaces, one taken up by the boat owner and one by us and the rest with bins..the only plus point is it was dead quiet at night. Apart from that, nothing else. not recommended, especially for large camper.


Wed 11/04/18 we are at an Aire in,Cancon,French village on the way to Bergerac

What a difference to last night. Aire is good. services a bit basic. Traditional mixed French toilets Won’t be using them then.. but all there. Got a couple of bad reports on search for sites, the site is basic. and small. the toilets as mentioned, are french style holes in the ground..so don’t use them!! you can dump yer cassette into them.

The Aire is free, and has rudimentary waste points..but clean and hedge lined..its quiet at night..  supermarket/shop is very expensive,

Village at first seemed bland,until we walked one street back off the main drag.

Wow Medieval back in time !!!.  This is the real attraction, Teresa insisted we walked all round it, trouble is its built on a bloody hill. Not good !!!!

Torture by Teresa


The Gremlin

12/04/18 Thursday

Aire at Celle-sur-Belle.

Our onward s journey today,  brought us to another Aire at Celle-sur-Belle, which we failed to find..

Pouring with rain when we arrived, but stopped a little for  an hour or so which gave us time for some pictures and a quick look round. Some kind of Stately home opposite where we are parked.

Gates were open so Hey Ho, off we go. Not much to see really, It was closed. We took a walk round the gardens, amazing workmanship..Puts Trusty’s window rail lichen to shame

There is also a very big monastery/ Church. Which we would have Taken a look round the inside, but there was an ongoing, service in progress, and I don’t think they would have welcomed the Devil!! in with open arms. So I stayed out !!!

We could not find the official  Aire, but it looks like the car-park opposite the gardens is under construction to create one. Spent a quiet night. there is water. and what looks like a dump. but under construction.   Occasionally an odd car went by but other than that … perfect Moving on in the morning.

13/04/18 Friday. Suns up. Brilliant. Found a Cracking place alongside side some of the largest carp ponds I have ever seen. Perhaps I should call them Lakes.

We walked around one of the smaller lakes took an hour..no chance taking on the bigger ones..tooooo much walking, plus a large herd of wild boar routing around in the woods, making a hell of a din. Not messing with them !!! Bloody dangerous !! Although a nice pork chop meal came to mind.

I have my rods with me, but no fishing license for France..and they issue big fines if you are caught without one..Next time maybe?IMG_20180413_151105

Spent a great night here, disturbed once by flashing lights outside the camper. Turned out to be night fisherman setting up to fish for Carp. After that perfect, it’s a popular place for walkers and fishing. This is not an Aire ! but we manage these type of places off season, due to Trusty’s small size. We would not want to try them in summer season, and definitely not suitable for large rigs.

Please note..this is a tiny car park with tight access,and no services. too many campers, and it will be gone

14/04/18 Sat

Had a very interesting day-to-day, moved another 100 miles. to be nearer the ferry port of Cherbourg.

6k from ferry port at CherbourgIMG_20180414_182925

These pictures are taken leaning against Trusty so you can see, we are right next to the sea. 6k give or take  from the ferry port at Cherbourg.which you can see in the far corner of the picture. So far nice.

2nd world war fortifications, gun emplacements, a massive military fort, which you can’t go in, which is a shame. We have had our tea and are settling in for the night. More on this tomorrow.

15/04/18 Sunday 

We have decided to stay until Monday here, when we board the Ferry back to Poole, UK

It’s not worth moving to another site today as we are only a few stone throws from the Ferry. Raining this morning but still pleasant. Update on the fort and fortifications, you can go into them. But we are not getting wet !! Southern Softies us.


Cherbourg Ferry, Aire and Quayside

We like Cherbourg. its a very nice port..the city beyond is very busy, as you would expect it to be. but a good bit of it walk able. But the walk from the Aire around the quays,and docks, is lovely.



Aire now moved further up, nearer museum, height barrier now fitted to old site, Also chem disposal,waste,plus clean water on new site. Its Free we stayed one night on the old Aire which is just up from here..quiet, and no problems, this one is just down from it, and better from what we can see. Stock image, busted phones at time

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It’s the end of this Adventure.. the next is on the link. Hope it helps and hope you enjoy reading it.

The Travels Of Trusty Rusty. Our Second Adventure