The journey from Rome to England was a good one, although I rushed to get there. The weather was good for the most part, chilly during the nights, but warm and sunny during the days. I spent my first night in a service area not to far from Milan, parked up between the lines of trucks that swamped the services. Waking early, the noise from the motorway and the trucks starting up at all hours, meant little sleep. I covered the remaining kilometres to the Swiss border and crossed without delay mid morning. Having passed through the Gottard tunnel, the pass was still closed after the winter snow, I stopped for lunch, admiring the views of the distant snow covered mountains, bathed in sunshine. Crossing into France at Basel was slow due to the evening traffic, the French returning home after their days work in Switzerland, no doubt. Once in France it didn't take me long to find an aire to park up for the night, the French are super Motorhome friendly if nothing else. The aire was alongside a tranquil canal, great as I needed a good nights sleep, which I managed to get. I still had a few hundred kilometres to go to get to Calais, but as I'd booked a ferry for the following morning I had plenty of time and took it easy along the route national roads. After topping up with diesel, it' much cheaper in France than England, I drove to the ferry port and parked up near the terminal building where I cooked dinner and got a few hours sleep before my 4 am ferry. It was foggy when I woke up, it felt chilly. I checked in for the ferry and waited to board, keeping the engine running to keep warm.
Arriving in Dover the fog seemed thicker. I drove to Canterbury, the visibility down to hundred metres in places. Canterbury has a Motorhome section at the Park & Ride area with free buses into the centre. I needed to spend a day in Canterbury as I'd booked an MoT test for the next day. After breakfast I took the bus into the city centre, it was raining hard, it continued all day, typical English weather, I was missing the sunshine already. I hope it brightens up as I'm here for another week.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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