Wow what a difference a night can make. Last night I arrived in Jaca, not far from the Spanish / French border, around 18:00, it was cold but a lovely evening with a clear sky. This morning I woke feeling chilly, despite being in a warm sleeping bag with a duvet on top. When I opened the window blinds I found out why, I’d been transported to the arctic, there was a foot of snow covering everything. I felt a little better after putting the heating on and having a nice hot mug of coffee. I made porridge for breakfast to warm me up. Looking like the Michelin Man I set off slowly trying to find the road. I couldn’t see where the road was or the pavement, everything was covered in deep snow and it appeared that no vehicles had passed this way. Eventually I managed to find the road, but it was slow going. Just before the French border I came to a tunnel. Two women, in bright orange hi-vis suits, looking frozen, stopped me and said I would have to wait 10 minutes before I could go through the tunnel as they had the snowplows clearing the exit at the far end. After a short wait they let me through, the tunnel was about 6 kilometers long. As I exited you could see the snowplow had been there but it didn’t seem to have made difference as there was a blizzard laying snow down as fast as the snowplows were clearing it. From leaving Jaca I'd crept along at walking pace for some 30 kilometers in a queue of traffic, eventually crossing the border into France. I dropped down from over 1500 meters to 300 meters above sea level before the snow turned to sleet, then rain, and the roads cleared. Amazingly as the day wore on the clouds lifted and the sun came out. It had been an interesting day to say the least. I found an aire to spend the night just north of Bordeaux. One thing about France is that do cater very well for motorhomes and campers. Across the country there are thousands of “Aires” the majority of which you can park up in for a night or two, there are some that are only service points, but the good thing is the majority of aires that you can stop in are free. So it’s good to know that when in France you can always find somewhere to stay as most towns seem to have an Aire and if you are lucky you might even get a free electric hook-up.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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