On Monday we made the long drive up to Venice. Tim got us there in five and a half hours so we arrived with time to head into the centre in the evening. We had a meal together but I wasn’t feeling too good. Since the ride has finished my body appears to have shut down. Hopefully I’ll get better soon!
On Tuesday we got our tourist walking boots on and checked out Venice during the day time. We walked though tiny little streets, over countless bridges and saw lots of quaint buildings (see below).
Unfortunately, the weather was against us. It was misty for most of the day so our visibility wasn’t the best. We made it to St Mark’s square, which was an impressive set of buildings set on the Grand Canal (see below).
By early afternoon, I was feeling very tired so we went back to the van to rest. In the evening we went for our final meal with Bridget and Bilal. Tomorrow we are driving 750km to Strasbourg! It was great that they made it for the finish of the ride- thanks for your effort guys! You definitely win the prize for best tourists and most miles walked!
We faced three days of solid driving. Luckily for me, I just had to sit in the back staring at the scenery. Tim did all the driving so he was pretty tired by the end of each day.
We drove back through Switzerland, which was stunning again. It only took three hours to drive the length of the country unlike my month to cycle it!
In France, we stayed in Strasbourg at the same campsite again. In the evening, we went for a fancy French meal. The food was superb and a great way to top off our time on the continent. The weight I’ve lost on this trip is slowly creeping its way back on after my food antics this week.
On day 119 we drove to Calais through Luxembourg, Belgium and north east France. The ferry to Calais was quiet with only a handful of people knocking about. It seemed like no time ago that I was on the ferry at the start of the trip in summer. I’m not sure where the time has gone!
Our last night of the trip was a wild one. Not because we had found a pub but due to the weather. A strong wind battered the van and tent all night! Tim’s tent just about survived as it lost 5 pegs in the storm! This trip has been eventful down to the last day!
On day 120 we drove to Bath to drop Dad off and then to Cornwall. Check out the cake Mum made for our arrival! I was looking forward to having a proper sleep and having a shower with a dry towel to use after haha.
I’ll be writing a follow up blog with a summary of the trip later so stay tuned for that!