21st September 2023
Packing up day, it was actually quite dry with some sun shine. The forecast suggested no rain for the day at the coast. The awning was mainly dry, the puddles inside by the corner had diminished, but there was mud everywhere. Managed to collapse the canopy onto its ground sheet and made a reasonable job of packing it away clean. I gave up with the compression straps on the bag, packed it away as best as possible. No big issue, no shortage of space. where the canopy is placed in the van.
One last goodbye to the black cat who was sitting at the doorway of the owner’s mobile. He had survived the frenzied attack by the unruly dog. R and owner happy.
We headed out aiming for a campsite at Pont-de-Vaux, Camping Le Champ d’été. We had once visited this site on the route back to England. Our intention was to visit the small town/village and walk around the boat basin on the small canal which joins the river Saone et Loire. I had penciled in a couple of nights. We arrived in the pouring rain, the reception was closed. There were a couple of other vans waiting, one French and the other American. How can American tourists always sound so obnoxious? Anyway, the receptionist did arrive, and we booked one night.
The forecast looked bad for tomorrow, with a possible small break in the morning. The days after looked good. We decided we would spend the night here, do a little exploring in the morning and then head up north during the rain to the next camp site, Camping Nature at Luxemont-de Villotte, where the weather should be fine.
We spent the evening sitting in the van listening to the rain.