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Awaycation Summer 2024 - Day 21

Monday

Into the last week of the holiday. Where to go today?

We have been edging little by little at a time towards Buchy for Reggie's worming and the completion of his pet passport. As an Irish born dog shouldn't he have an Irish passport? Unlike humans dogs don't have any nationality based on place of birth! More's the pity!

I looked on the Camping-Car Park (CCP) app and saw that there was an aire with plenty of free space on the Normandy coast near Le Treport called Flocques. With all day to get there I thought it would be nicer to go to something scenic or historical. So we chose Pegasus Bridge. It was back towards Caen from near Honfleur though.

Here, or at least nearby, we had the first mishap of the holiday. As we approached the site over the traffic humps we heard a scraping. We thought it was in the bathroom and indeed the shower door trim had fallen off. As we entered the museum car-park a coach driver flagged me down. What had happened was that the clean water tank drain tap was trailing on the ground. It had worn through the tap handle because the bracket it hangs on had dropped off the body. I reversed into a coach bay and climbed under van. The bracket seems to be held in by two half inch self tapper screws! Half an inch! One was completely missing and the other was there just pulled out of the frame of the van. Luckily I had a bungee cord and have used it to hold the whole lot up and off the ground. Grrrr. Once home I will need to sort out a permanent fix.

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The bracket looks pretty rusty in any case. I have either to get a new bracket, or simply get the old one off and rub it down and paint it. I have a wire brush, but maybe need to get hold of some cure-rust before painting. I have some black Hammerite smoot paint in the garage. Then re-attach it. A guy on one of the Elddis FB pages actually makes new ones in stainless steel so I might think about that instead for the more permanent fix.

In the end we parked up in a scrubby bay along the road from the museum. The official car park is very small and the one across the way has a height barrier. But, there is nothing on the road, Avenue Major John Howard, to say you can't park along there.

The museum itself was €9 each to get in. It takes you through the entire days of action from when the 6th Airborne Division landed in the gliders to capture the bridge and what happened when they had to hold it from the inevitable counter-attack.

There is a very moving film, introduced by King Charles III (when he was still the Prince of Wales) when the museum was opened.

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When we were outside looking at the displays it began to rain. It got harder as we trotted back to the van.

Claire took these photos as we passed the café by the new bridge:

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Next stop, the Camping-Car Park site at Flocques. It was a lot further than it looked on the map. We ended up going back past the previous night's overnight stop and over the Pont de Normandie. The A29 is a toll motorway and the bridge toll is an extra €5.50 or so. Luckily the Emovis tag took care of both.

I had the Wolfang Action camera running so at some stage when I can get the movies and still pictures from it I can add them here or maybe just link to YouTube in another post.

Flocques is a relatively new looking aire on the outskirts of the village. It's all tarmac and when backed in towards the earth mound, that protects it from the road, it is relatively flat and quiet. All pitches have electric hook-up and by the entrance there is a service area for grey and black waste. There is also an epicerie. I noticed it was open from their ice-cream advert flags fluttering in the breeze when I went to get a few gallons of fresh water from the service point. By the time I went back it had closed!

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Tomorrow we head to Buchy for the 4pm appointment with the vet. After that we have yet to decide. As we arrived at Flocques about 6.45pm, we have 24 hours on site for the €16. Google Maps estimates about 95 minutes to Buchy. So we can loaf about and read, have lunch etc, with no hurry and set off about 1.30pm to arrive in good time.

We could come back to Flocques as it is due north of Buchy, or maybe go to Incheville like last year, or try another one further along the coast.

Posted by InvictaMoto 22:24 Archived in France

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