After a great weekend at the September Sizzle I was ready for something else and decided on the spur of the moment to head off to Wales and the Brecon Beacons. It's been many years since I've been to this part of the country and I thought I would find somewhere to relax and enjoy a few walks. I found a super place to spend the night at an old railway station called Erwood. The station has been turned into a carpark and coffee shop, which also houses a small museum and an art gallery, with works by many local artists for sale. Interestingly one of the old railway engines was also on display and was called Alan, so I even have an engine named after me. It rained throughout the night but the forecast looked promising for the next few days. I managed to find some interesting walks by driving through the countryside away from the main roads, nearly coming to a sticky end when one narrow road took me to a very narrow weak bridge, My weight was okay but I only just managed to squeeze over the bridge with no more than an inch or two to spare.
I visited Hay-On-Wye where camper vans and caravans can stay overnight for free, which was a surprise and where I met a German couple in another LT camper van. Hay-On-Wye is known for it's huge number of second hand bookshops which attract many visitors. I spent awhile browsing, but bought nothing. My next stop was at a pub in Clifford which had a small campsite attached to it with hot showers and electric hook-up for a reasonable price. The beer and food were pretty good to. Next it was Ledbury a town famous for it's old timber framed buildings and a popular venue for film makers. I carried on to Eastnor and it's famous castle, which was unfortunately closed when I arrived. Eventually my circular drive took me back to Tewkesbury where I started from, it being just down the road from the camping site where the September Sizzle had been held.
After my week in Wales I returned to Bedford where I stayed for a few days. While there I went to see another camper, a Westfalia "James Cook" conversion on a Mercedes Sprinter van. It was a great van and I really wanted it as it offered everything I was looking for. A fixed bed, good shower and left hand drive along with a number of extras that would make it a great van to have. I advertised Lottie, my LT35 and had someone come along to see it. Although they were interested they couldn't really afford it. I had arranged to return to Rome to house sit for a week, so although disappointed that I would not be able to change vans, I set off through a wet and chilly France southwards.
I arrived in Rome and settled down but kept thinking about the Westfalia and decided to advertise my camper again. In the end I took drastic decision to buy the Westfalia even though I still had mine to sell, but I've had several more strong enquiries so I hope everything will work out in the end.
I've decided to spend the winter in Morocco again this year and having collected the "Westy" I will set off at the end of October to take a slow drive through Spain to arrive in Morocco at the beginning of December. If I haven't sold my LT camper by the time I'm ready to leave I'll put it in storage until March and hope I find a buyer in the spring. So that brings me up to date and I will try hard to keep up to date with the blog from now on.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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