Up early this morning so that we could check the dogs in to have the pet passports checked which Eurotunnel ask for an additional 30 minutes. We leave Wissant, our overnight stop, at 7:30am and arrive at the old pet passport checkin building and then find that they had moved the facility 100m down the road. At 8:00am we are checking ourselves and the van in at the border checks. We find that we can take the train that is one hour earlier at no additional charge. Departure is scheduled for 8:50am.
We are all loaded and start to move off only five minutes after the scheduled time but almost immediately come to a stop. There is a technical fault…. About 30 minutes later we start the journey again. We now make the short train journey to Blighty. With the clocks going back one hour we are driving off the train at 9:00am UK time.
The journey home is uneventful and I did remember to drive on the left. We arrive home at 11:15am. The total mileage over the last 9 weeks was 6309 miles.
Would we do it again? Maybe but we will have to think about whether we use the longer more expensive ferry crossing to north Spain as an alternative which would save a week of driving and about 1600 miles in the return journey. The experiences this year were precious and we met and made friends with some special people as well as continued our friendship with others.
Is it good to back in the UK? Except for the weather it was great to be back on familiar soil and be close to the family.
Until the next trip ….