This was another disaster journey really. We started late after an extended chat with a couple from Ireland and set off under the command of TomTom taking a left out of the car park to our destination 40km away.
After two hundred metres TomTom found its feet and continued its reboot problem and we had resort to using GoogleMapping again. As GoogleMaps does not re-route we had to follow its directions to the letter.
Dutifully, and as directed, I performed a tidy 9 point turn in the road and set off in the other direction, despite knowing it was more prone to small town syndrome with associated 3.5 tonne vehicle paranoia.
I hate these situations in this RV as its harder and drinks loads more diesel.
We aimed for an “Aire” on the beach but after finding four of the nine spaces occupied by cars, we aborted and drove on to Fouras.
This was a further 9km and had 20 full spaces. After taking a breather, we headed onto Rochefort where there were three options in close proximity.
After a quaint drive through tight city streets of Rochefort in a 2.55 metre wide bus, we arrived at the god awful Camping Municipal. No thanks!
I looked at the description of the Aire we were after and it mentioned spaces behind the Captinerie.
I looked up the marina on google maps and made a beeline for it and by 8pm we had found (made) our space between the wheelie bins and the no parking signs beside the captinerie
We’d been on the road four hours instead of 40 minutes and covered 250km.
There are definite lessons to be learned from this:
1. Do not bother if you have a lazy lunchtime chat first and can’t hope to arrive before 2 or 3pm.
2. Plan at least three sites first, especially in a barge on wheels, as you might not squeeze into the first couple of aires you find.