Day 1: Travel to Portsmouth

Although the weather has been wet and windy for the last few days the drive down to Portsmouth was good. We left around 2:00 pm and the drive took about 5 hours with no significant hold ups. We’re not allowed to queue up at the port until the last ferry of the day has departed which usually means we can get in line from about midnight. Having safely completed most of the journey we decided to look for a pub with a carpark big enough to hold the motorhome while we had some dinner and a drink.

We came off the motorway and headed into Gosport. Although a busy and built up place we found a suitable pub, the Coach House. The landlord was not only happy to let us park up there, but he was also a fan of motorhomes and was keen to share his experiences of living in Europe.

After a three course meal, we settled into the motorhome and watched some telly until about 11:30 and then made our way to the port, about half an hour away. Parked up (about fourth in the queue) and settled down for the night. A good first day.

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