From Firenze the autostrada climbs steadily up and over the Apennines, the mountains that form the backbone of Italy, running from north to south. I stopped for lunch, but having set off again felt really tired and had to stop again for half an hour, managing to doze and waking feeling more refreshed. I had no idea where to stay for the night, but as I approached Bologna I looked on the GPS for some camper stop’s. There were many listed and I decided to try the sosta run by the Camping Club Mutina (www.campingclubmutina.com). The sosta is quite large and unlike many camper stops has full facilities, including hot showers and electric hook-up.
Shortly after I had parked up a young Irish couple pulled in next to me in a small camper, not much bigger than a car, although you could stand up in it. They have been touring Europe for several months including visits to Croatia and Poland. It was good to chat about our travels and exchange some information. They have another two weeks before they must take the ferry back to Ireland from Cherbourg. With another english registered camper nearby it’s the first time for ages that I’ve seen english travellers. As for me, well I’m heading firstly back to England where I have to get the fridge changed on Lottie. Fitting a new fridge involves cutting a couple of holes in the side of the van for the vents, which must be fitted now, so I’m taking Lottie back to where she was first converted 23 years ago, Young’s of Milton Keynes. Young’s have agreed to carry out the modifications and change the fridge. They are also looking forward to seeing one of their earliest conversions. I on the other hand am looking forward to seeing the Young’s conversion site and maybe get a few ideas for the future.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle, living and traveling full time in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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