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The End Of A Very Long Day.

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The Cycle Path Adjacant To The Site
Mont Saint Michel In The Distance.

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The Aire Du Mont Saint Michel, Beavoir .

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At Folkstone Just About To Leave For The Ferry

Days 1 to 3
Folkstone, Kent.
Mont Saint Michele, France.

Day 1:
Saturday 29th September 2012
Messingham to Densole, Folkstone
Miles: 240
Site: Black Horse Farm, Caravan Club Site.

We left home at about 11.30am to start the steady trip south and arrived at a Black Horse Farm Caravan Club site near Folkstone at around 6.00pm. Reception was closed but an envelope with our name on was pinned to the notice board. We ripped it open and inside was our allocated pitch number and the instruction that if we were leaving before 9.30am in the morning that we were to put our money into a sealed envelope and post it through the reception letter box. One flaw in their cunning plan, we had no envelopes and we’d just ripped theirs to bits.

This site was very well located for catching the ferry and catered for both ferry users as well as more traditional visitors alike in that the site was split into two sections. One section was accessed through an automatic road barrier for people using the site as would normally be expected and one section was prior to the barrier for those that needed to be out early in the morning to catch a ferry.

There was also two lots of facility blocks which were of the usual caravan club standard, a standard much higher, we were about to discover, than anything we were about to experience in France.

Just across the road from the site was a small convenience store that sold just about everything including booze, bread, milk, lottery, newspapers and envelopes! and a short walk from that was a pub, though we didn't used it.

Close to the site and enroute-ish to the ferry terminal was a large Sainsbury’s complete with petrol station.

We filled up with fuel here the next morning but this was more for convenience rather than any form of pricing strategy as we thought it would be easier to arrive in France with a full tank and then find a Petrol Station at our own leisure once there.

Day 2:
Sunday 30th September 2012
Dover, Calais and Mont Saint Michel / Beauvoir
Miles: 318
Site: Aire Du Mont Saint Michel, Beauvoir
Cost: €12.50 per night.

Only Day 2 and already we were having a problem with language and communicating with the natives was really quite difficult. Not to worry, we were leaving Kent soon and would be in France later that day and maybe they would be easier to understand.

I think when we booked the ferry we had a choice of a 7.00am or 10.30am crossing and as we’d plumped for 10.30am we awoke at a reasonable time and, including the fuel stop at Sainsbury’s, we had a relaxed and hassle free short drive to the ferry terminal arriving in plenty of time.

We boarded the ferry bang on schedule and, including loading and off loading we arrived in Calais, after a calm event free crossing 2 hours later, though with the time difference it was now 1.30 PM.

On our previous trip to France in 2011 we’d wanted to visit Mont Saint Michel but due to a very tight six day schedule it was one on the many things we’d been unable to do so for this trip it was very much part of the plan. We left Calais heading in the right direction and had decided, that dependant on traffic we would either over night stop at an Aires we’d previously inspected at Hornfluer or motor on all the way to Mont Saint Michel in one go. A journey of just over 300 miles, we managed to make it all the way to Mont Saint Michel by about 7.30PM. Remember though, the time change now meant it wouldn’t get dark to about 8.30PM.

We’d read previously about an Aires situated on the causeway to Mont Saint Michel which had no facilities but had an excellent view of the Mont especially at night when it was all lit up so we headed for this. Unfortunately we were unable to find it and after circling the surrounding area for about an hour we eventually gave up and stayed our first night at an Aires just outside Mont Saint Michel at Beauvoir.

We later found out that the Aires on the causeway had closed down in March due to a major reconstruction project but judging by the amount of motorhomes we saw circling the area both on that first night and on our second, we weren’t the only ones that didn’t know it had closed down.

The Aires De Camping Car at Beauvoir was excellent and it looked very new as well, like it had only recently opened. When we arrived the small office at the entrance was open and we paid the €12.50 a night tariff and were issued with a code for the free Wi-Fi (or wee-fee as it’s pronounced in France). This tariff also include electric hook up but unfortunately there were no toilet facilities. We were also issued with a code for the automatic barrier and water station.

After a long day and as it had just started to rain we decided to save any exploration until the next day with the plan then to possibly move on sometime after lunch.

Incidentally this was the final day of the Ryder Cup in America and although I’d purchased a portable satellite dish and receiver before we left for this trip I didn’t fancy trying to set it up in the rain and dark. I did however manage to follow the European team’s progress and eventually remarkable come back and victory via a very faint Radio 5 Live signal and twitter updates courtesy of the free Wi-Fi.

Day 3:
Monday 1st October
Mont Saint Michel /Beauvoir
Miles: None
Site: Aire Du Mont Saint Michel, Beauvoir
Cost: €12.50 per night.

Adjacent to the Aires was a cycle path which said Mont Saint Michel 5KM so after a light breakfast we got Lizzy and Ada the folding electric bikes out and headed for Mont Saint Michel. After about 3 km we arrived at the start of the causeway and a sign we translated as no cycling so we locked the bikes to on one of numerous bike stands and joined the many people walking the remaining 2 km to the Mont. There was also a steady flow of service buses going up and down the causeway we noticed but at this stage we hadn’t worked out where to catch one or how much it cost so we were happy to walk.

As much as Mont Saint Michel looks amazing from the outside, even from quite some way away, upon reaching the end of the causeway and walking through the arched gateway onto the cobbled medieval style streets lined with shops, hotels, cafes and bars is equally amazing too and so not what we were expecting. After a really good smooch, which excluded climbing up to the cathedral but did include a pit stop at a cracking patisserie we decided to make are way back to Myrtle. Our original rough plan was to visit Mont Saint Michel in the morning and to move on to our next stop after lunch, somewhere between Beauvoir and Bordeaux. However because we spent so long smooching and because we thought we had to return at night to see it all lit up and may be just a little bit because we were just a little knackered from the long driving day the day before not to mention staying up to the early hours listening to the golf, we decided to stay another night. We walked back along the causeway, again conscious of the many service buses, back to the bikes and made are way back to Myrt for a bit of tea and waited for it to get dark.

A few hours later, just before dark Lizzie and Ada were out again and we casually whizzed passed a lot of proper cyclists back to the bike stands and then walked back along the causeway. By the time we reached the end of the causeway it was totally dark and the Mont was fully illuminated and it really was an amazing sight.

From the last point we took our photographs on the causeway turn out also to be the bus stop and after walking it three times already that day we decided to catch the bus back to the bikes whatever the cost, which incidentally turn out to be nothing, the service was free and operated every 10 minutes and dropped us off just the other side of a building adjacent to where we’d been locking the bikes up.

The weather was wet, windy and chilly and apart from getting dark one hour later than at home due to the time difference it didn’t feel any different than being back at home weather wise, all in all though we’d had an excellent day, and a great start to the holiday.

Finally I should just say this was our first experience of an Aires De Camping Car and it must be said it was excellent; spotlessly clean, secure and very well located. It was just a shame that there were no toilet facilities.
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