Are we back on the road yet……..?

So…………………did we manage to get fuel in Dieppe???  We decided the best bet was to visit l’office de tourisme’ to ask them if they had any inside info on whether there was any fuel to be had anywhere in Dieppe.  We’d travelled 19 miles visiting all the fuel stations on Sunday so didn’t want to waste any more diesel doing the same on Monday.  We were reliably informed by the lovely lady at the tourist office that a L’eclerc 4km away had been restocked with fuel that morning.  In trepidation, we headed to it with the aid of satty nav.  For once she didn’t let us down and to our surprise there wasn’t too much of a queue.  We were in and out in 20 minutes but with only 30 litres of fuel as it was being rationed!  Still, it was enough to get us back on the road and out of Dieppe.  Onwards South!  We stopped in a suburb outside Rouen to try to get some more diesel.  After a refusal of three cards (computer says no) at one fuel station we found another one and successfully topped up the tank.

A full tank and two happy bunnies!

Phew, Cinderella will still go to the ball and we have more than enough fuel to get to our next Helpx gig. Sighs of relief all round!  We were heading South towards Chateaudun where we were going to stop for the night at an Aire.  We (read me) decided to trust satty nav with getting us there so I thought I’d take my turn at driving.

My first ‘go’ at driving on this trip.

Tim isn’t keen on navigating so does tend to do most of the driving.  I’m too much of a control freak to leave it all to the sat nav as she and I disagree on nearly every route she plans for us and I end up taking over using the map.  Tim is frequently heard saying ‘but the sat nav says third exit at the roundabout’ with me saying ‘Tim, just ignore her’!  I do need to learn to be a bit less controlling! We arrived at Chateaudun without incident although satty nav took us on a windy narrow road for the last 20km which, of course, I wouldn’t have done.  I would have stuck to the N10 which was arrow straight, a major road and only about 1km further.  See, she’s got a lot to learn.  Tim was meanwhile mute in the passenger seat!  The approach to Chateaudun was pretty impressive with the Chateau rising out of the hillside in the distance.

Approach to Chateaudun.

The aire we are staying on is free, yep, FREE! for up to 48 hours with just a 2€ charge if you need to top up with water.  It is situated at the foot of the chateau adjacent to the river.

Yep, free to stay here overnight – Magnifique!

We had a wander around the town which sports some very historic buildings.


You can see where Ollie is parked (finger pointing on the right!) in relation to the chateau on this handy drawing!

Ollie parked here!


View of the chateau from the other side.



You can just see Ollie in the gap in the trees!


View of the river the other side of the road.

So today we’re going to have a good look round Chateaudun and then move on down to somewhere near Saumur in the Loire Region which is close to where our next Helpx starts tomorrow.


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We are Jane and Tim and we recently gave up our jobs and rented out our house to persue a life of travel across Europe in our motorhome called Ollie.

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