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Well whether you were for it, or against its coming. Or Not !! This section is not a Political rant !! By the way, just an opinion.
Given that nobody seems to know what is going on, we are preparing our own plan. There is talk of a visa system allowing only 3 months out of any 6. for Brits entering Europe by 2021. Which in effect. Means the whole of the Schengen Area. 12 months or so, this may be. If it does come in. It would make long term travelling in a motor home or camper van in the EU very hard.if not impossible. For long term. For us Brits.
So on our return to the UK, 2019 . One of the first things I will be doing is, Looking to update Trusty To trusty 2.
We think it will almost break our hearts to let Trusty go. We are looking to put a fixed cross bed , but as I already stated, we dont want to sleep without being able to stretch full out, and as Trusty 1 is not quite wide enough, we may have to replace her.
Also what to replace her with ?? We are looking at the moment. Transits, Sprinters etc. Not keen on Fiats, Renault. Or Citroen. although they might be a better bet for Continental Travelling. spares wise. If we can’t get full free access to the EU. then A transit mk6 will do. some good long wheel base High top Jumbos around for 2 to 4 grand. and have the dimensions we need. And as we will be exploring the UK more if it happens. Ideal.
Our plan,when we get back . Is make the decision on Trusty 1 or Trusty 2. If its Trusty 2 We will buy a suitable van and convert her. then off to Travelling again. See what happens with Brexit and plan from there.
None of this is set in stone of course. As we change with the weather, Or at least I do, Teresa is bit more stable than me. But mostly it will happen.
And if We cant long term travel in Europe. We may buy another narrow boat and do it up. some nice ones around for much less than a 15 year old A class camper. Keep Trusty and explore the UK A little more. via Narrow boat and camper.
And Visit India And Thailand in the winter months. India is 62% cheaper to live in than Britain and around 77% Cheaper than the EU.
The only trouble is Getting Trusty a seat on the plane
nothing set in Stone though. Just like Trusty’s Travels. It changes as we go.
Update 1.. Still no positive results from the bunch of Cretins. The Duly elected MP‘s. elected to do for us..So we are booking ferry for around 25th march to get back, before all the Sh** happens. and re group. to sort our onward plans. So more places to add to the map.and Journey so keep an eye on the site. we intend to kick off just after Christmas. Heading a different route through Spain and France on our return.
Update 2 Yes it definite, we are off 1st/2nd week in Jan 2019.. working our way through Spain and France again. on our way back. Looks like a hard Brexit is on the cards, so we did intend to get to ferries before the S*** hits the fan and there are delays. We have decided to bugger Brexit and all the scare mongering from all sides.. and stick around in France when we get there until mid may..
After all we have a camper van. so we can sup tea all day while we wait. and failing wanting to do that. We can ferry hop up and down the coast from Cherbourg to Ostend. well do it
So watch out for our new adventure. And new places to add.
Well its now 23rd may 2019. we stayed in France till after brexit. but our phones and pc went bang..the pc because it was old, and the phones due to a faulty charger, we did not suss. The website and our last adventure is incomplete, but I will update it soon.
Owing to the Cretins still not doing what they promised, we were in limbo, with only trusty as our main home.
Great when abroad, as the french Portuguese, and Spanish, understand the mo home game..But Britain !!! its still in the dark ages with that one.
So where to live ??? We could have rented a house, or flat, but to many years on the road negates this for us..Last thing I need is a bad neighbour, or idiots above me, next to me, or just Idiots. so flat life is out, even as my age would permit me to get it rent and rate free.
Not my style, never been a bludger, and not about to start now. Bad neighbour next to trusty. Solution move !! No more bad neighbour. So what to do ???
Solution…Buy another Narrow Boat, and we have. Not the 32/52 grand type, but a Renovation project, and as bad neighbours are very rare on the canals,and Rivers. Home with an engine..???? Yup, You guessed it, Move.!!!
THE MASTER PLAN….9 months on the boat, 3 months in where ever sunny-land. Using boot sales and Odd jobs to fund it.
Well its now 11/9/2019, We have spent the last few months, Refurbishing the Boat, and its now finished, and we love it..It has a name, but we prefer to call it Trusty Big Brother, or Trusty 2.
BELOW, The Narrow boat Voyager, Or Trustys Big Brother.
We originally were going to upgrade Trusty to Trusty 2 ( a newer Van)..but owing to the political climate, not much point in committing thousands of pounds to something we may not be able to use as much as we have with trusty 1.,
The UK is not so good to travel round in winter, and no Aires as such.Also so loath to sell Trusty. Old saying ?? If it Aint Broke, Dont!! Fix it.
Well its all right Royally screwed again.. No result on Brexit. and now a general Election..needed in my opinion..
So were making plans for a Christmas exit, back to sunny land..Was going to do Italy last year, and didn’t, for various reasons..and looks like we won’t do it this year either. No India or Thailand trips planned either. So, back to Portugal Via Spain, and France of course. The main reason for this is the weather, We would have travel too far into Italy to get the sun..but the costas are better.
We won’t be spending much time in France in December, as its not great weather wise, at that time of year, but quite a bit on the way back in march and April 2020, 3 months trip in total..or just a bit more, unless brexit gets done, and they stop free movement. Or not. !!!!
Well get the international driving licenses ( two each) as you need a different one for Spain, than France…good job We didn’t panic last year like some..or we’d of wasted another bit of our cash, then get down to 3 months in sunny land, and 9 months here.
Trusty needs a few bits doing. going to change cam-belt. and a new prop-shaft bearing..both within their time, but better be safe than sorry.I will bung on a new water pump as well. not worn out, but again safe than sorry. , a lick of paint around the faded wavy bits, which have faded with the sun, a pollish, change oil and filter and thats it.
Well as we All know. General election coming. So we still dont know whats happening. No doubt about its needed..So plans changed a little because of that..We should be heading for ferry around 19th dec etc..The plan??? being on the Costas for christmas.. Lovely .. Not sure exactly where, but it doesn’t matter to us..we are not Christmas people.. sitting in a different place, in the sun, or the rain is spot on..this is why we travel so much..
Worked out a route, But as usual it will change..one thing for sure..well end up on the costas, Quickly through France.. you will be able to follow from the main menu, or from the link…below..which will active the day we leave.
Link….Coming soon..Trustys fourth Aventure (not active Yet)
Wilding, the pros and cons..
I have read many a blog on the net, same as many of you….. About the highs and lows, the do’s and dont’s, of wilding, free loaders etc, We are part of that community. and proud of it.
Let me clarify the above paragraph.
Its OK to save money..OK to wild camp. OK to use cheap campsites and Aires. OK if your vans worth 50 pence and not 50 grand. As long as you’re happy with it. dont let anyone stop you, or put you off.
It’s not OK, to run people down, look down your noses at them if their van isn’t as shiny or expensive as yours. its not OK to accuse them of free loading when a lot of people are on a very tight budget…and keeping costs to a minimum is the only way they can do it. Weve met dozens of nice people in shiny expensive vans wilding and dozens more nice people in self builds, trucks etc.. and some not so nice ones. In both
But the one thing we all have in common. Wilding or Campsites ??
Were Travellers!! Be it one week or one year..Shiny or not, its the same.
Wilding will give you the freedom you will never get, parked on expensive campsites, packed in like sardines, nose to tail, and inches apart. weve done all of it !!! Wilding….. Cheap, and expensive campsites, Aires, both free, and pay, Wilding wins..for us, which includes dozens of free french, Spanish and Portuguese Aires. Absolute Diamonds. But remember! Look after them, leave them clean..or sooner or later they won’t be free. or as a few already !! Won’t be there..
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our readers…
Finally!! a majority in Parliament. Boris going for brexit as Promised to the electorate..Like most people, we just want it done..How its Done? and how it plays out we will find out later.. So the new year starts, We have done our run through France Spain and Now in Portugal.all of which you can read in the blog.
We are spending a week in a rented cottage. in Loule Portugal. We intend to see a few friends and then move on back to Spain where its without a doubt, much warmer than portugal at this time of year..We have had a couple of mishaps with trusty..A shunt into the back of some one in france..and a scrape off a wall here ..both repairable, but i’ve patched up most of it, ready for a full fix in the uk.
Today..which is the 1st of jan 2020..I’ve put the front wheels on the back and vice versa..sorts tyre ware evenly !. Greased the wheel bearings, checked all brakes and pads..oils and water. Trustys good to resume.
New Years Dinner on the hoof..No apple sauce
Well there we were today, sitting outside in the sun new years day..Reading, which I normally dont do a lot of …
What’s That!!! Teresa says..its a dog..something in the tone of her voice jumped me out of the book..It’s a pig She says!! Standing at the open gate, was a big black pig…looking at us..Thats no pig as we know it hun,,says me jumping up..its a wild Boar!!!!
I kid you not..standing less than 6 feet away from us..right in front of our motorbike, was a real live Wild Boar..At first a large as it was, and the bike being black as well..Made it blend in..But as it moved and snorted Boy!! we new what it was.. So off I was, to chase it off..Silly because they are really Dangerous.
luckily it decided that I was the bigger threat and ran off. but only about 20 feet, and stopped by the front wheel of Trusty parked in the lane. Not having it..Even when I through a big rock at it..just stood there eyeing me up..So stupid here shouts and swears at it.whilst running towards it.with another rock I picked up…It took off..I like to think it was fierce me that it ran from..but Im convinced it was the bad Language ..
Heard them in the wild..ate them..but never ever before saw one alive..leave alone 6 feet from us and large as life.. So no bacon for breakfast..it ran off, have to make do with scrambled eggs..
The free stop at Torrox Costa is now gone..another great place ruined by thoughtless idiots..dumping in a storm drain..more and more places will disappear if these idiots dont think..You know who you are !!!
Watch this space more to come Hopefully with out so many winges ,Or Wild Boar.
Happy New Year, and safe Travelling. Tony and Teresa