Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Polishing Off The Day

We  are now all sorted and ready to go (I hope) so I thought I would give the van a good coat of polish.

It took me about four hours.  I borrowed a ladder from the caravan park owner which was pretty handy but by the end of it I was well buggered. 


It was well worth it as it is now super shiny ...


I also checked out how to get the spare wheel out.  It's not too bad - only one bar of the bike rack has to be removed.  One of the 13kg gas bottles was removed.  We will exchange it tomorrow, there is still a bit in it but we are hoping if we go with two full 13kg bottles they will last us two months.

Elaine kept herself busy loading autoroute onto the laptop, which is an off line route planner and GPS tracker. It also list all the Aires (free overnight motorhome stops) plus places of interest and free wifi etc. We also have maps of France, Portugal, Spain  and Europe plus my very old Tom Tom with the European map installed.  Hopefully with all this we won't get lost!  The aim is to avoid paying any motorway tolls, unless the toll route is a lot more direct and will save fuel costs.

If you compare this with Sydney.....If you want to go north you go up the Pacific Highway or inland via the New England Highway south its the coastal Princes Highway or inland the Hume Highway and if you go west its the Great Western Highway......simples!

6 comments:

  1. Your Autotrail looks fantastic. Have a great trip, we are soooo envious - we will have to wait until next year for ours, so intend to spend the rest of this year getting used to the Rapido around the UK..

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  2. Thanks Peter, we will only be away for a couple of months as Elaine has to be back at Manchester mid July

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  3. Sorry we couldn’t meet up with you today but look forward to seeing you sometime in July. Enjoy Europe!

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    1. Thanks guys, hope all goes well with the launch xx

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  4. Caroline and MartinMay 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    You can find out toll charges through this site www.viamichelin.co.uk/ we've used it a lot in France. Caroline

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    1. Yep we have that plus I set Tom Tom to avoid tolls.

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