Channel hopping and island hopping again
After that we had to return home for two nights as Tony needed to be at work for exam results day, hence our gradual journey north from Corsica.
At 1pm on Thursday Tony was home from work and we set off to cross the channel again. We made such good progress that were were able to amend our Eurotunnel crossing, bringing it forward three hours and then getting a train even earlier than that. By 11pm we'd made it to the Vendee and our all-time favourite aire de camping car in Saint Michel Mont Mercure.
At Huttopia Chenes Verts (Green Oaks) the girl behind the reception desk remarked how early we were but flipped through her papers to find ours and checked on her computer to discover our pitch was vacant and therefore we were welcome to pitch up. It was 9.30am in the morning and meant we could enjoy a full first day on the island.
We had to change a bike tyre before we could be on our way to the beach, but that was soon done and we were on the beach before lunch.
This was the first time we'd been in the sea for a week and it was a lot colder than it had been in Corsica. We soon got used to it and there was no apprehension about taking a dip to cool off.
The campsite was full on our first night which was charged at peak season rate. Our other six nights were off-peak rate and the campsite has gradually emptied.
Rather sheepishly I replied: 'A bucket'. She looked confused so there was no alternative than offering a full explanation that it was to save us walking all the way to the toilet block.
As she explained this to one of the girls she used the words 'pee pee'. The little girl's expression showed that she was unimpressed. Either she was hoping for something more exciting or just horrified we wee in a bucket, I do not know. What we do know is we're more self conscious about disappearing into the tent now!
We're on night five of seven today and so the end of our six-week summer road-trip is firmly and sadly within sight.
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