We have enjoyed a couple of extended tours this year, the first through Wales for three weeks during June, which started in the North and finished in the Gower. We stayed on six sites during the month we were away, very varied but all enjoyable. We covered 595 miles towing and another 750 miles touring.
July found us in Lincolnshire for a very restful two weeks staying at Birdsong, a delightful site. I recollect that quite a lot of effort was expended doing nothing whilst cowering in whatever shade was available during what proved to be the hottest part of a very hot summer.
We headed north in September for what was planned as a four week tour of the Borders taking in six sites, unfortunately we had to miss three of them, and curtail the tour when illness intervened. However the area showed off its attractions to us so I’m sure we will return for another attempt.
All together we towed about 1400 miles and drove another 1500 while touring the areas we visited. The drag home from the Borders south down the A1 was far too tedious to be repeated in one haul due to almost a complete absence of suitable stopping places, but that apart we enjoyed our tours.
Some memories of our tours.
Our caravan has now had its final wash of the year and is winterised at Border Caravan Storage, so our touring is now finished until the spring, early March probably. The itch to roam will become irresistible by then I imagine. I guess the decision will be weather dependent just as it was early this year. Last March we managed to slip out between the worst of the snow falls, and enjoy the rain-swept Leicestershire countryside at Rockingham. It’s a well drained CMC CL site on high ground so there were some nice views to glimpse between the rain clouds.
As usual we spent the time studying our maps and site books, as well as using the internet, while planing our 2018 tours, no doubt we will find another quiet site to do the same on next March. I have a couple in mind.
I do have a couple of minor maintenance jobs to do on the van, changing the worn cupboard hinges and catches being one, and I’m sure there are others.
I also have the mobile phone aerial, that has been rolling around my desk for too many weeks, to instal, I need a dry day for that as it will require a 20mm hole drilling through the roof and also a dry roof panel for the sealant to stick too. Mounting and connecting the TP-Link modem inside is not weather dependant, but I still have to work out where I’m going to pick up a 12 volt supply for it, probably from the tv amplifier in the airing cupboard.
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