A brief catch up.
We bought a boat, we’ve been looking for the perfect boat for us for nigh on two years, unfortunately locating that “perfect” boat within our budget was proving… ahem, difficult. We really wanted a boat with a steel hull, and preferably a wood burning stove for cooking, a focal point for the cats, and to keep warm (duh). All this with a budget of, well I’m not going to tell you that because you’d laugh your socks off and think we’re insane, (though on that last, hang around for a couple of weeks, you will get another opportunity to think we are off our rockers). Anyway, it weren’t happening and so we started looking at GRP (fibre glass) hulls, oh a whole new world opened up for us, within a few weeks we’d found a beauty, perfect for us and with the added bonus of a washing machine, (hey, don’t snort derisively at that, we’re just about to completely change our lifestyles from landlubbers to living on a riverboat in a different foreign country, give us some luxury). The boat’s name is Adventurer and is located in St-Jean-de-Losne, (pronounced loon, go figure), near to Dijon. Is that a catch-up, well not really but it’ll do for the now, maybe I’ll do some sort of “Lost” thang and introduce some flashbacks later, but with a much better ending I hope.
From Alhaurin el Grande (Andalucía, Spain) to St-Jean-de-Losne is (according to the Michelin website) 1804kms, they’re wrong by the way, but I’ll get back to this later. We have a 20 year old car, and we’re going to be carrying all that we own, we did some serious down sizing in the previous two weeks, wait what? Two weeks? Yep, we have cats and you cannot move them via a pet-courier company in the high summer, too hot even with air-con, so we had a choice of leaving in September, or run around like lunatics and get downsized and ready to go in (just over) two weeks. We sold everything we could, donated a lot to charity, and left some stuff for our wonderful landlord, Marcus. Even the desktop computer stayed behind, too big, I’m writing this on my trusty Kindle Fire, which I gotta say is a challenge in itself. I should mention that our car, a two door Suzuki hatchback likes to overheat in the hot Spanish weather, so you can imagine, this is not gonna be a barrel of fun. I called this post Road Trip, probably not the best title as road trip’s always bring to mind a nice calm venture, stopping off at various places, listening to some good rock music, (we haven’t got a stereo), and mostly with the peace of mind that you will reach your destination.
We did. We had to stop countless times, the idea was to only drive at night to keep the car cool, but after nine hours of driving we’d not even gone 500 kms so that idea had to go out of the window. I think (the trip is a blur now), during the hottest part of the day we were stopping off for a few minutes to cool the engine at #every# road side stop, (every 12 to 20 klicks). It turns out (after the event), that both me and Vanessa had doubts that our little car was going to get us to our destination, I had contingency plans should the car die, mostly they involved running around, flapping my arms and clucking like a chicken, but hey, they never came into effect so all is good.
Of course, we arrived just as the people who are working on our boat closed for their two hour lunch break but, we made it. 1966 kilometres (Vanessa’s birth year), (I really would like to know how we gained 162 klicks on Michelin’s route, you’re not gonna tell me it was pulling into all those truck stops?¿!), 39 hours, (I think I managed to snooze about eight of them), we did save 70 €uros on Michelin’s projected price for the trip though, cool!
Next time, A Fish Out of Water.