19 September 2017

Day 33 - Heading for Home

18 Sept

It was a foggy start to the day.
Foggy Le Mans
We weren't in a big hurry to do less than 300km for the day. We stuck with the scenic route, as much as the fog would let us. The main crops from the last few days of grapes, corn and sunflowers have given way to potatoes and cattle farming.

We stopped in a little village which had a central parking area for a walk around and to find a coffee. One thing we've noticed in the village cafes and boulangeries we have stopped at is the wonderful sense of community. Something lacking in the larger cities and oversized supermarkets. As non-French speaking strangers, we tended to stick out a bit, but nonetheless were welcomed into the establishments.
Our coffee stop in L'Aigle - nice people
European Semi-drivers have to work hard sometimes. Switchback roads and narrow village streets are everywhere.
An even bigger Volvo negotiates the narrow streets.
Our day’s travel has been fog, sunshine, rain, thunderstorms - a bit like when we first arrived here so long ago. For this time of year we have enjoyed good weather when it was the most appropriate. There have been some days we were thankful for not being on a motorcycle. However, some of the roads have whetted the appetite …

We are ensconced in our room for the night. Everything!!! has been unloaded from the car. With some creative packing, what is to travel home is packed into our two suitcases. No new cases required. Tomorrow’s check in at the airport will be telling.

We have had a good look around France. We haven't ventured into Paris this time.

Tonight we steel ourselves for the long haul back to reality … our arrival should be 23:15 on 20 Sept if all goes smoothly.

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