Aug 072018

It was a nice cool 23 degrees this morning, we packed up and stopped at reception as it opened at (am and collected our fresh croissants. We then followed the route back out of the campsite to the N1141 and then on to the D939 heading north. This was a country road through villages and past fields of sweetcorn and sunflowers. At a roundabout we came across a small supermarket with a single petrol pump at ‘only’ €1.40 a litre for diesel. I did a top up of 43 litres and hopefully that will be enough to get us to Portsmouth where we can top up with some cheaper fuel. After fuelling up we continued and just after 10.15 we joined the A10 toll motorway heading north.

We stopped for coffee at a nice but expensive service area and ate our fresh croissants. We re-joined the A10 and then turned on to the A83 heading for Nantes. We ran into some showers of rain along this section of the motorway, it was dirty rain and so it made the motorhome a bit grubby. It was also quite windy in places with the van moving around and the roadside trees and bushes were taking a battering, with leaves being blown across the road like snow. We stopped at the toll booths just before Nantes and had the same ‘camping car’ conversation and so the toll fee was €27.40 instead of €38.80. Once around the ring road we joined the N171 heading for Rennes. Just after the junction was a service area but I missed the signs and we sailed past. We started looking for somewhere else for lunch. The next service aire was marked as having coffee but there was none there so we continued and eventually came across another sign but this lead us off the motorway and then there were no more signs so we had to re-trace our route back south to the previous junction and round the countryside to get back onto the motorway heading north. The next one was also sign posted as off the motorway so we decided not to bother and have something when we arrived at the campsite.

We went around the Rennes ring road and on to the A84 for a few kilometres and then turned off onto local to lead us to Chauvigne to La Maison Nueve campsite arriving at about 3.15. This is a working farm with gites, a restaurant and a campsite. The young lady on reception spoke no English and my school boy French is decidedly lacking now we have lived in Spain for so long. €14 for the night with electricity was not expensive and we had large grassy area where we could choose where to park. They also had fresh home-made jam for sale not cheap but it is really tasty. As we were having dinner on board the heavens opened and we had a real heavy downpour with some thunder.