Day one of our travels didn’t quite go to plan. Finn had his vets appointment at 9am and unfortunately the vet was late turning up and then when he did get there he wasn’t able to stamp Finn’s passport as he didn’t have a stamp! After phoning around the other 2 practices in the group they couldn’t find a stamp either. Eventually after calling a few more vets in the area they found one that could fit us in. A mad dash a few miles down the road and an hour later than planned we were on our way.
We just made it to the Eurotunnel as the check in was closing so it was straight on the train and over to France. To make it a bit more interesting there was a protest going on at Calais so the A16 was blocked. It didn’t hold us up too much, just a small diversion. Around Dunkirk there was miles and miles of queuing lorries, I am not sure if they were protesting or they were been held there because of the closures further down the motorway. We were soon out of France and into Belgium, a new country for us. Thanks to a great app I downloaded called Parkings we found a spot for our first night not to far from Antwerp in a town called Temse. It was a free motorhome stopover just behind the police station should be a safe bet. We arrived about 18:30 and took Finn for a long walk along the River Scheldt. Temse has the longest road bridge in Belgium and the sun was shining for our walk after lots of drizzle all day through the UK and France. It was a bit of a strange place as there were amazing new apartments overlooking the river then a big industrial estate. We stopped off at a restaurant on the way back so Andy could have a genuine Belgian beer in Belgium.
Overnight – Temse N 51.124800 E 4.209800
Miles Driven – 315
Miles Walked – 4.1
Weather – Drizzle turning sunny late afternoon