London to Bords de Loue

Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
Trip End Oct 31, 2010

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Flag of France  , Burgundy,
Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 1:

From the day we started planning this trip, we knew 3 months would be a tight schedule to drive from London to Cape Town. With this in mind, we decided to blaze through Europe as quickly as possible and therefore spend as much time in Africa itself, in the harder to reach and less likely to be returned to places.

The European leg started at 1:30am on Saturday 31 July 2010 when we headed out of London and after a close call at a circle we were all very awake for the trip down to Dover. We set our sights on Dover to catch the 4am ferry, coincidently the cheapest. We had only got an hour's sleep so despite our best intentions of planning a route to conquer Europe, we all passed out within minutes of boarding the boat to Calais.

Our arrival in France was pleasantly uneventful since border control apparently doesn’t matter anymore even when there is a Saffa and Zimbo in the cockpit. So we pointed Corrie South and thought we could wing it with only a basic French highway map. We made it as far as St Omer where we thought we might take the scenic route and were completely lost within 15minutes. The unpacking began to get the laptop and GPS out and we were back on the trail (in the generally right direction).

What we did not take into consideration with the maps and GPS was Spoon’s skills to use them correctly. This got us hopelessly travelling in circles for a couple of hours around our new least-favourite city, Reims. The day did however end well for Spoon and Rob who decided they deserved a beer in the back seat while Dave and Chezzy did their best to find a campsite. At any rate we pushed on through Dijon and found a camping site in Bords de Loue at around 8pm, a solid 17.5hrs of travelling on day 1.
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