The LongRoadSouth

cronkle

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Think I’ll give way to the right, and put on my biggest smile, you know,the one that people think , either you’re sorry or so pleased to see them, or maybe a bit simple. The later being my normal position.
Do that. It works; I do it all the time. I usually get back a friendly 'I'm pleased the simpleton didn't crash into me' look.
 

chas142

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Sorry @chas142 but I think your advice in two of the above is wrong

When driving in rural France (normally only) on secondary roads, if you see a 'X' sign at the side of the road you have to give way to any vehicle entering your (more major) road from the right and at time that can even be some broken down old farm track! explained here https://www.france-pub.com/forum/2012/04/14/priority-to-the-right-2/
Up until 1984 these signs were even in common use on major roads (excluding autoroutes) and was the main reason why France had at that time the highest number of road deaths per annum of any European country!
The 'X' signs can be used at all kinds of road junctions.

The second item you raise is the one about carrying breath testers to show alcohol. Sarkozy introduced this law, but although it is still in stature, it isn't one which is implemented. https://www.drive-france.com/faqs/france-breathalyzer-law/
The main reason why this law isn't implemented is because it was considered by the rural French public to be so against their way of life, where the most important meal of the day is at lunch time and when having lunch, most French people wash it down with a few glasses of wine!! Bonkers I know, but that's the French for you.................. To explain this a little further, when I lived in France I had to go on a 2 day long Naughty Boy driving awareness course, the second day being all about drink driving.
Although we were told about the alcohol limits, quite amazingly we were told about what foods to eat when drinking so as to reduce the likelihood of the alcohol showing on your breath!!! BONKERS OR WHAT ?
Do you know what, I looked at both of those sites and very good information they were,(y) I haven't been over for a few years as the breathalyser law came in but they said there was no fine for the first year, so I didn't get the kit, obviously the law is still in place and things have moved on or not as is the case.

As for giving way to the right, I think I was correct in 4 out of 5, (well in the way my head works, perhaps I could have explained it better, or you may not have understood it in the way I was saying it. (I think, I have Asperger's Syndrome, waiting for an assessment, it affect my communication skills). The French have a sign, (tilted 45 degrees, yellow, white edge, as in picture 3 on link), meaning you have priority straight ahead, so you have right of way over the road / track on the right, that road or track may also have the International Red Triangular Stop Sign, something I doubled checked priority with. Now if your road had the X mark on it, it meant you had to give way to the right. There would sometimes be no signs on your road but might be a stop sign on the road track to your right, perhaps I missed the 45 degree sign or it has been removed or hidden by something, a tree, or long grass. Of course sometimes you have to give way to the left, I sorted that one by going around the roundabouts the wrong way, and still gave way to the right if needed to, but found that most people just funneled around me and gave me clear passage.:eek::ROFLMAO::censored: Joke.

Anyways thanks for adding the links and your comments, both subjects state the problems that people have understanding them, I hope other people read this and check out the links, it was good to look at it again, not that we intend to go over again as we have 6 cockatiels that we take on holiday with us now, and while I thought I could take over caged birds, the Co-Pilot say we can't, unless we get a vets certificate, perhaps for each country visited, (I check a bit more with a friend who takes competition horses all over Europe), and then its one family can take 3 birds, we don't live together so couldn't decide if we were 2 families or 1. Now I think you can bring caged birds into the UK, as long as they are not on the endangered species, but I could be totally wrong on that, it just went round and round. It will probably all change again in a week or so.:eek::cautious:o_O And I think I had to advise the ferry company if I was taking a pet, but birds aren't covered by pets pasport, I think I saw £60, per pet, each way and that put me off,:LOL:.

P.S. I highlighted the double check clue, as I found it very useful. I wasn't shouting.
 

korky

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Tbh Neil, rather drive than sail. If I was meant to go on water I’d have webbed feet. Looking at Newhaven Dieppe as an alternative.
If you book this route and you are 60+there is a 20% discount on the web price. You have to book by phone to get it.
 

Caz

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@Caz I love your Reg, is he a Springer or a Cocker?
He's a big Springer. Love yours - Springers too?

He's fine on the shorter ferry - has done Orkney twice, and Dover-Calais - but I thought this time of year it might be a bit rough so am trying the tunnel for a change, see if it's worth the extra. If it was just me I'd probably go straight to Santander.

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Millie Master

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He's a big Springer. Love yours - Springers too?
The one nearest to the camera is our new 7 year old rescue Cocker (???), she is an ex breeding b*tch that Spaniel Aid UK rescued from a traveler site in a terrible life threatening condition. We have now had her for 5 months and she quite literally oooooozes love, however because of her dangerous spinal condition she will be on strong medication for at least the next 6 months.
The other 2 are boy and are both pure Springers and are both rescue dogs.

We used to have a Springle that looked the spitting image of your Reg........................... enjoy your travels
 
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ronniemorello

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“LongRoadSouth. A motor home route through France to Spain.”

I read this on another site, “ OutAndAboutlive.
This will be my first time in the van into France,Spain and Portugal. As a result I’m looking for as much help as I
I can get. The author is giving their chosen route from the ferry port at Calais into Spain.
It would be a great help to me, if someone with recent experience,would read the piece and give me the nod, or suggestions as to a better route and associated stopping places .
I’m not sure of the etiquette of putting up pieces from other sites on here. If I’ve made a mistake, I’m sorry, but I do need the advice, if only to ease my mind. The road trip is getting ever closer, and scarier. First solo over the water.
I’ve put this on another thread on MH. Just giving it its own thread and a “bump “.
Heading on the long road south ourselves at beginning of Feb for 5th winter in Spain. For travelling through France I use aboutfrance.com you can then look at and print off - “through France to Spain using minimum tolls” this gives two options one via west France to Bayonne and the other to Perpignan on the Med. we have used both and it works great gives road numbers and where to save time and hassle by spending a few euros on tolls. It suits us well ,try it Ronniemorello
 

Trotter

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Heading on the long road south ourselves at beginning of Feb for 5th winter in Spain. For travelling through France I use aboutfrance.com you can then look at and print off - “through France to Spain using minimum tolls” this gives two options one via west France to Bayonne and the other to Perpignan on the Med. we have used both and it works great gives road numbers and where to save time and hassle by spending a few euros on tolls. It suits us well ,try it Ronniemorello
Going to give that a go. Thanks again ??
 

Trotter

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I’ve had a quick look, I’m at work.
Question. How do you pay for the tolls in France? Toll booths, on line or........ The bit about taking the toll road for difficult parts seems a good idea.
While I’m on here, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who’s added to this thread.?
 

Linda

Rally Organiser
To pay the tolls in France I usually hang out of the passenger window with our credit card and attempt to reach either up to the lorry height or down to car height section........ a cash toll booth is better!
 

pj palance

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Rova viva.
Just googled that. Is it a dash cam? I’ve got one on my Garmin. Should be okay with that. I’ll have to work out how to save stuff to my iPad.
I’m sure someone will be alone soon to tell me how. Hint, hint.. You reading this Nabs?
(He’s blanking me atm, give him a little time, and he’ll not be able to resist the challenge, bless him) ?
chin up but make sure you see the road from thee other side,oh try oobla dee oudla da on your bike as they say, all the best.pj
 

Tudor49

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Hi. Been following this thread as, like Trotter, I'm off on my first solo drive down to Andalucia in May.
I've found it very useful so thanks all.
Couple of questions:
What is P4N? tried to google it and got loudspeakers!
Do I need to think about ASCI or CCI cards?
Any advice on gas for my LPG bottle and various connectors that might be necessary?
 

cronkle

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Hi. Been following this thread as, like Trotter, I'm off on my first solo drive down to Andalucia in May.
I've found it very useful so thanks all.
Couple of questions:
What is P4N? tried to google it and got loudspeakers!
Do I need to think about ASCI or CCI cards?
Any advice on gas for my LPG bottle and various connectors that might be necessary?
Sorry, hit the post reply too soon. Yes, get the ACSI book and their CCI card. We find both really useful.
LPG? Have you got a refillable system?
 

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