Today we left Camping L’Arize (without a backward glance to be honest). We had already decided that we weren’t going to follow the motorway, but take the, more direct, D road instead. How much longer could it take??
Quite a lot longer as it happens! Once we’d passed through a couple of towns we hit mountain roads again. We were quite happy to be following a tanker most of the way as he was clearing the corners and overhanging rock for us (we also knew that we’d have no trouble going under said rock..). We didn’t enjoy negotiating Perpignan, as it’s not an easy town to master – far too many roads and routes – even after 3 days we still hadn’t got the hang of it. Our actual final stop was Canet-en-Roussilon, a perfectly pleasant little village with a lovely beach a couple of km away.
This was quite a stressful day driving wise – as I’ve said previously it’s always further than you think it’s going to be. We arrived at a perfectly nice campsite, Ma Prairie. As ever, as we arrived the weather turned – this time it was the wind really picking up, and as we were sat outside after our dinner something smashed into the shade. It clattered so loudly that I jumped up and ran out the way, worried as I was that the whole thing was going to collapse! It turned out to be a birds nest that had been blown out of the trees. It also ripped our sunshade, so Calv’s now been searching for fixing kits online…
Once again we’ve found that only 1 toilet block is open (despite there being 3 on site). This is because it’s not actually peak season – however the site is virtually full! Probably at least 50% Brits at this one, with a good number of Dutch and Germans.
A fairly early night tonight as we are off to Barcelona in the morning and need to be at Perpignan train station in time for our 10am train. We’re thinking better to leave here by 9am to be on the safe side.