Ta for that. Peage avoidance is standard for us in France - as a matter of principle and based largely on cost.Everything seems the same as it usually does, we haven't used motorways yet nor do we intend to, there was a police presence crossing the Pyrenees but didn't stop us but he stopped a Spanish car in front, we'll just carry on and hope for the best. Stay safe
Used the Spanish tolls this time - unusually - purely as a means of getting north and out of the heat and concerns (unfounded, in reality) they just might shut the border on us. The spectre of circumnavigating Madrid turned out to be a relatively quiet and easy leg around the M50, then the AP1 from north of Bugos and the other bit to the border was just so quick and easy it seemed worth the extra €20 odd, about €25+ if you continue on the French side 'til clear of the north of Biarritz/Bayonne area. We probably (at an average of 22mpg) saved most of that in decreased fuel useage. I have to admit, half the wonderful views are obscured because you spend an awful lot of time in tunnels.