I woke up in the night with a banging headache and churning stomach... no idea why.... I thought I'd survived yesterday's all-day hike well! And, before anyone suggests otherwise, we hadn't drunk very much alcohol! After tossing and turning for some time, I ended up waking John as I dressed and found a torch to... Continue Reading →
A 7-hour adventure up the Grand Veymont
What a day... long and tiring but fab! I knew it was going to be difficult when we chose the most difficult walk in the Vercors for our first hike of the holiday and I was right, but it was worth it! Some highs and lows... being scared by the shepherd dogs, my first poo... Continue Reading →
A moody day… the weather, not me!
It rained all night. As we were parked under a tree (which was great when it was hot and I wanted the shade!) the rain was plinking and plonking on the roof all night... not very conducive to a good sleep. This morning, we took our time tidying the van and getting ready and, while... Continue Reading →
Grottes de Choranche
Apart from a few flashes in the distance and some quiet rumbles, the storms we were promised didn't materialise last night. Much as we'd been hoping for a lightning show, at least this meant a decent night's sleep. We woke to cooler, cloudier weather, but it's still warm enough for shorts. On the advice of... Continue Reading →
The Vercors regions has spectacular scenery and today we explored some of the best gorges, cliffs, passes and plateaus. First of all, we set off up the mountain via Combe Laval to Col de la Machine, which is over 1000m high. The road at Combe Laval took over 50 years to make because it's hewn... Continue Reading →
Hot, hot, hot!
What a dreadful night's sleep! At 1.20 we were woken by some inconsiderate people arriving in a Winnebago and parking up next to us. They spent half an hour crashing around outside before finally closing the door and curtains and settling down! Then at 3, I woke again to the sound of John snoring loudly...... Continue Reading →
Rhuddlan to Banteux
After the night's thunderstorms we had an early start, to travel from home to the Eurotunnel and on to France. We did the last bits of packing and tidying and said sad goodbyes to Millie, and were away earlier than expected. The journey was fairly uneventful... A coffee at Sandbach, a pasty near Oxford, a... Continue Reading →
Off we go again, on the road to France
Today has been spent preparing for a month away... packing hiking, cycling and kayaking gear. It's our first long trip in Bertie the campervan, which we've needed a lot of kit for; therefore, it's taken a little while to find good homes for everything. All that is left to go in now is the food... Continue Reading →