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Money and other constraints mean I can't go further south but the original plan was to cross into Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and to a fascinatingly post (hopefully!) ebolared Liberia.
Unusually for me I'm quite apprehensive. Maybe it's because it's a longer journey or perhaps I, like my big yellow friend at home who is now the proud dad to a litter of Lurcher pups have grown up.
I got issued ...
... the waterfront at North Shields before meeting Andrew and Vicky for a fantastic lunch. Tom finally had his Yorkshire Pudding! Andrew and Vicky set off for London (5-6 hrs driving) having convinced Tom and me that we should drive to South Shields and Marsden Grotto. We weren't disappointed. The coastline is particularly interesting here.
Armed with google maps we found the A69 home in time to pack ready for an early departure tomorrow for the Lake District.
We leave Woodbridge and head to the coast visiting a couple of little towns along the way, Pretty scary roads but beautiful countryside. We make our way north and end up in Sunderland for the night which is on the coast. It raining and almost blizzard conditions when we arrive and very difficult to find accommodation, Eventually we get some and then rooms had to change because wifi wouldn't work, Enjoyed some nice fish and chips int he new ...
... are excluded from many sites), controls, higher costs and many people travelling long distances to their favourite sites. Many of the private sites are clearly of a different class with people camping much closer to their homes, utilising a creative range of vehicles and tents and even hanging up their washing! Washing machines are few and far between. Not sure if this means that we are dirtier than the Aussies or don't stay away from home for as long. So far we ...
... the insides!!
This time, leaving Maurice at home for peace and quiet :) the girls went off for a bit of retail therapy. Heather took us to The Metro Centre, the largest shopping centre in the UK! More than 340 shops!!! Whew wee
Being sensible about this, we put ourselves on an hour and a quarter time limit, synchronised watches, decided on a meeting spot and off we went to explore this complex.
No damage done Gav!
With darkness creeping in, ...