Monday 7th May 2018
It feels like a Saturday but it is quarter past three on the hottest ‘Early May Bank Holiday Monday’ ever and Wendy and I are sitting in the sun, on the campsite of the Drum Inn, Stanford, just outside Ashford, Kent. It’s a great little site with a range of hard standing and grass pitches, electric hook-up and a shower block; it does good food and even better beer and best of all it is half a mile from J11 on the M20 so we are only ten minutes away from the Tunnel in the morning. It has extra bonus points for having a dog walk starting just outside the gate.
We should have been here five days ago, but just as we packing to leave on Wednesday the fridge wouldn’t work. Thanks to the efforts of the good people at Travelworld we got it fixed by Friday afternoon but we didn’t fancy jousting with all the Bank Holiday traffic so waited a couple more days.
The plan worked well. We used the extra days to sort out the garden and so stuff in the house. We left Derby just after 1000 this morning and arrived here three and a half hours later, no traffic, no holdups. It was easier than in March when we left at 0400 and only just caught the 0830 crossing.
As soon as Wendy has woken up from her afternoon snooze, we are going to follow that dog walk and find the hidden lake and then see if the food is as good as the beer (I know the beer is fine as Wendy bought me a celebratory pint for doing all the driving!).
It is an early start tomorrow to catch the 0740 crossing; and then…