Prescriptions When Traveling Abroad

BigMomma

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The last couple of years travelling down to Spain in November it was relatively calm and a pleasant trip, it was the trips back in the February/March that were shockers !!:wasntme:
 

vwalan

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hola bm.
i have been traveling when trees were down bridges washed away . but yes it can be ok .
and yes again april is much nicer to be coming back.
i find these days missing france out gives longer in spain . of course .
i like france but i find i prefer to be in spain in november and april.
there just isnt enough time to really enjoy the driving .
when i used to leave end of sept or even earlier france was better. for a couple of years i came back through france in april may even one year june . now that was really nice .
for a few years only went to france in december returned end of january. thats when i worked out la baule area was the best bits of france ,there and st nazaire or pornic mind we did like pontchateau as well .
but redon could be very snowy .
we did have a few xmas and new year in cantarbria and astuiria . it actually can be almost ok there .
not sun bathing but jumper and jeans ok.
had a few xmas at playa de vega . near ribadesella. but now its got hieght barriers .
mind it was 30 yrs ago. my kids were still in juniour school .
 

BigMomma

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But from portsmouth its over 24 hours on the boat or 30?
How long would it take to drive from Calais to Northern Spain, then the fuel costs. Whilst we have the funds and can afford the ferry costs it's all about the convenience. A good nights sleep on the boat then with two of us driving we can be in Southern Spain (Estepona) in nine hours :thumb:
 

maddy

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I just hate being stuck on a boat, more than 2 hours is plenty, but if it works out a lot cheaper by boat then the boat it is, would it be that much cheaper though ?
 

hpold

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How long would it take to drive from Calais to Northern Spain, then the fuel costs. Whilst we have the funds and can afford the ferry costs it's all about the convenience. A good nights sleep on the boat then with two of us driving we can be in Southern Spain (Estepona) in nine hours :thumb:
Took us this year without tolls 12hrs and 90ltrs of diesel . £44 for the ferry so all together is was not that expensive .
 

maddy

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hpold thats cheap, how many miles to the gallon do you get? I'm not sure what mpg my truck will do probably 2 lol I will drive it like a nun, Although it dont like the hills, but then i was told the engine in mine was rated for a 12 ton truck so it should fly up them, but then i was also told about that the boost needle in the fuel pump gets stuck, apparently not a lot of people know about that problem, the only problem i've got is the bloody cab dont tilt grrr otherwise i'de soon sort that out and get me power back.
 

vwalan

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maddy you will get 20 ish . might be a bit less or if your lucky a bit more . the 130 less the 150 if your careful possibly 24 but real careful driving to get that.
bob gets about 19ish. but he is well loaded on the 130.
be interesting to know where hp entered spain and the milage .
when i did roscoff to spain i always zigged and zagged abit but 800-1000mls i used to do. that was entering spain at irun or into andorra . similar milage but again zigging and zagging . never done a straight run as have friends dotted about so go out of my way and call in .
12hrs seems like fast going to me . i say 3 days atleast.
bm must be travelling at about 70mph all the way.
much too fast.
 

hpold

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hpold thats cheap, how many miles to the gallon do you get? I'm not sure what mpg my truck will do probably 2 lol I will drive it like a nun, Although it dont like the hills, but then i was told the engine in mine was rated for a 12 ton truck so it should fly up them, but then i was also told about that the boost needle in the fuel pump gets stuck, apparently not a lot of people know about that problem, the only problem i've got is the bloody cab dont tilt grrr otherwise i'de soon sort that out and get me power back.
We get 30 to the gallon its about 1200 km to the spanish boarder with no hills just watch for the photo cameras in the small villages.That was dunkirk to Barritze route is below.
Route guide:

Leave Calais on the A16 / E402 motorway following signs for Boulogne, Amiens. The toll section starts just before Boulogne.
Just before Abbeville, take the free A28 / E402 motorway to Rouen.

Entering Rouen the A28 becomes the N28. Follow on down through the tunnel, then cross the Seine on the newly reopened Pont Mathilde.

After that, follow signs for Paris and Evreux then Evreux & Orleans . You will join the A13 motorway west of Rouen.
About 10 km south or Rouen, leave the A13 motorway for the A154 motorway. Toll gate at the intersection.
Then follow the A154 > N154 dual carriageway almost to Dreux.At Dreux, follow signs for Chartres and Orleans.
After Dreux, the N154 is almost all modern dual-carriageway as far as Chartres.
From Chartres follow the N 10 to Chateaudun, Vendôme and Tours. This is mostly single carriageway for 130 km, but there are sections of dual carriageway, notably round Vendôme. Before reaching Tours, the N10 becomes the D 910.
On approaching Tours, follow signs for the A10 motorway, and join it at junction 19. Skirt round Tours on the toll motorway, then exit at junction 23, following the sign for D910 to Montbazon
Follow the D 910 all the way to Poitiers, skirting round the city.
(Alternatively, do not leave A10 toll motorway at junction 23, but stay on then exit at Junction 30, Poitiers south. Time saved: up to an hour)

After Poitiers, the D910 once more turns into the N 10 , which you now follow almost as far as Bordeaux. It is dual carriageway virtually all the way. Join the free A10 / E5 motorway shortly before Bordeaux, then follow signs for Bayonne.


South of Bordeaux, the motorway is replaced by dual carriageway (divided highway) route nationale, the N 10 / E5 , for most of the way to Bayonne.
The N10 becomes the A63 toll motorway from exit 10 About-France.com strongly recommends taking the toll motorway from this point for the last 75 kilometres to the Spanish border. The cost (2014) is 7.40€ for a car, 11.30€ for a car plus caravan; but this will save about an hour in normal traffic conditions. The Bayonne area is built-up and busy. The A63 links directly at the border to Spain's Autopista A-8, and thereafter to the Spanish motorway network
 
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BigMomma

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maddy you will get 20 ish . might be a bit less or if your lucky a bit more . the 130 less the 150 if your careful possibly 24 but real careful driving to get that.
bob gets about 19ish. but he is well loaded on the 130.
be interesting to know where hp entered spain and the milage .
when i did roscoff to spain i always zigged and zagged abit but 800-1000mls i used to do. that was entering spain at irun or into andorra . similar milage but again zigging and zagging . never done a straight run as have friends dotted about so go out of my way and call in .
12hrs seems like fast going to me . i say 3 days atleast.
bm must be travelling at about 70mph all the way.
much too fast.
Yup, 70mph or a bit more ;) but remember, that will be in a car and not the Motorhome :thumb:
 

maddy

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Mine is the 130 be nice to get 20mpg. And the 3 days is a nice thought, I've had it with race driving, did too much when i was younger, mind if you put me in a ferrari that could change lol

hpold nice detailed root there 30mpg thats good too what speeds 70/80 mph? also is that the total cost of all the tolls roads?
 

vwalan

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hp has made a mistake 1200km is about 744mls so either the 30mpg is wrong or the milage .
it should be 112 or so ltrs . we will have to let him off poor old chap. his nurse will be round in a mi nute . hee hee
and bm is risking his licence . mine must be worth more to me than his is to him.
mind he might turn out to be a spanish driver , ha ha .
maddy expect 18-20 mpg . the 150 is much better . mpg and power . but just take your time . you soon find where its comfortable at.
i do tend to just drive at the old artic speeds 40 50 56. cant see the point in racing , i want to look around and see the scenery.
 

vwalan

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but its non stop above the limit . be careful they like stopping uk vehicles on that road.
 

hpold

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Mine is the 130 be nice to get 20mpg. And the 3 days is a nice thought, I've had it with race driving, did too much when i was younger, mind if you put me in a ferrari that could change lol

hpold nice detailed root there 30mpg thats good too what speeds 70/80 mph? also is that the total cost of all the tolls roads?
Hi it is 1559 km to Madrid from dunkirk and just over a 100km to the Spanish boarder , then took the Pampalona ,Zaragoza and then the free A23 motorway to the costas. We only filled up twice but top up when the tank is half full as petrol station in the country are few and far between mainly topped up at Carrefour .We just bimble along at about 70-80 ks per hour not in a rush . You can take the motorway for a part and save an hr near pottiers and just before the spanish boarder and it is not much about , details below .
Calais to Abbeville on A16 : 8 Euros
South exit from Rouen on A 13 > A154 : 2.10 Euros
Motorway round Tours: 1.80 Euros ( 2 x 0.90 Euros)
88 km of the A63 - the last 88km of the route, avoiding the long built-up area around Bayonne and Biarritz. Cost 11.90 Euros
Total recommended tolls (2014): about 24 Euros for a car, or about 36 €uros for a normal motorhome, RV or camping car.
Time saved by paying tolls: about 2 hours
If you want it without tolls see below it did take us while to get through the last bit but that did not worry us there is a good stop near pottiers see the 365stops and on the road to spain .
Alternative route avoiding all tolls :
a) Boulogne: Leave A16 motorway at exit 29, and follow D901 > D1001 as far as the entrance to Abbeville, where you take the Free A 28.
b) At Rouen, before reaching the Seine, take exit at the entrance to a short tunnel, for D6015 marked Vernon, Cergy Pontoise. Follow D6015 as far as Le Vaudreuil, then join the free A154 > N154. But beware of weekday traffic congestion in 2014, following the Rouen bridge fire.
c) At Tours, do not join the motorway, just keep following the green signs for Poitiers
d) Approaching the Bayonne area, leave N 10 before it becomes the A63 toll motorway. Take Exit 10, signed Bayonne in green. Follow the D810 through to the Spanish border. Warning: this last toll-free alternative will take up to an hour longer than the motorway
 

maddy

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Not to bad on the tolls if it saves time and gets you into spain faster, oh and i remember driving from top of spain (North) to the south, after the horrible boat crossing from Portsmouth, the weather was horrendous (early March) and i was thinking if this is what spains like get me out of here, (first time visit) but then the further south i got it all changed, i was blown away the sun was shinning it was about 22c Lovely, until 3 weeks later the drive back was horrible again the north was chucking hail stones down the size of golf balls.
 

vwalan

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What limit is that your or what?
there are speed limmits on a m,way 120kmh . thats about 70, so going over it could bring in loss of licence etc or heavy fines .
every country in eu as speed limits .
 

hpold

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People drive a motor home not a souped up cortina or seat and they are not going to do 70 on a motorway in a moho unless theyare idiots .
 

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