Day 18, 21st August, Marseillan-Plage
21.08.2012 - 21.08.2012 33 °C
Unlocked and free to runaway we gladly leave. Hoping the next pitch up will be more like it. We are only traveling two hours round to Montepiller to a site that is a little out of way. As it's a short drive and we should be there for lunch we complete a little shop and stock up on lunch materials to keep costs down.
Or so we thought. Nine thirty we left and we did not pull in to this site until half five. What a day. The site we had picked out was nothing like it's pictures, surprise surprise! I don't know where it got them from. We called ahead having learnt that lesson and were told yes we have space and large pitches, No they didn't. Looking for a site to have a few nights in this was not it.
Then we notice another flat tyre! The same one as last time and the same issue. Can't believe it. We are now hubcap less as it's the only difference and maybe it's interfering with the valves.
Time is ticking and at nearly two the kids are hungry and we need a break so we pull over for a slice of home in a Mc D's. As we are eating we notice that a tyre shop is just there round the corner. To good to miss Dan takes the tyre round to them as the one way system here is chaotic and the bends are very tight for the trailer.
While he is sorting that I have some visitors. Local people here are very friendly. Some want to meet Bodhi and one older gentleman was telling me I would get no waves out here pointing at our surf boards. I explain we have travelled and have used them but agree nothing round here. He is 83 and his wife is 79. They tell me about their travels to the Isle of wight and all round Europe. Lovely couple.
Usually if our day starts out wrong then it improves but today was just wrong. The next site we plot in has us going back in the wrong direction? By then it's a do we stay with this and go back twenty minutes or turn round and travel another hour and half. As we are tired we continue backwards. Then it's just one one bad or full site after another. Plus this whole area is crammed with people toing and froing. Dan copes incredible well as we have to turn and reverse several times and people just don't care.
Starting to eye up any space we think we could get away with on the side of the road we eventually end up at Mediterranean Beach Garden. We opt for the closet pitch and dump the trailer. Dan is not keen on here so we will see about the moving on.
Ironically if we had turned back we would be over an hour further on and there earlier. Both of us are tired though and we seem to have hit a wall at the same time. We eat our lunch and call it a night.