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We had another enjoyable day in the Camargue. Very hot day again. Unbelievable it is September now. We travelled to the south coast to a small town called Salin-de-Giraud. Not a lot there and everything closed over lunch time. We moved on and head to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhone, which is just around the corner. We discovered we had to board a ferry, which brings us over the River Rhone as on the river delta is no bridges.

Very nice port and a lot of yachts. Some folks must have a lot of money. We have seen a very nice sailing boat which came over from the Caribbean. Must be lovely to sail around the world.

Very nice place and we have spend the hole afternoon here before we headed back to our camp site.

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We went on the move next morning heading east to Toulouse and half way there we decide to make a stop in Lourdes, one of the great shrines in Europe to visit the Grotte Massabielle.

We travelled  further to St. Gaudens and then via the Midi Pyrenees in to Spain to a small town of Bosset which is on the foot of Sierra Sascorjada. There we stayed over Night.

 

After an early start next morning we heading to Andorra but driving the small mountain roads from Vielha  to Salardu, Port de la Bonaigua which has a stunning view from over 2000 meter. Unfortunately the fog has spoiled it but we still had a great time despite the road been very challenging for the Land cruiser.

Further to Vall d’Aneu, Sort and the Coll the Canto to Seo de Urgel  which brings us to Andorra la Vella. We stopped for a meal and of course very cheap fuel. We wished the Land cruiser had bigger Diesel tanks.

We continued on afternoon via Pas de la Casa in to France and was heading to Perpignan where we planned to stay for a view days.

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On the edges of the Beauce plain and the Loir Valley is the town of Chateaudun and is presided over by a massive and beautiful chateau. It is definitely recommended to visit which we have done. The view from the castle and the surroundings with many 16th-century houses  is stunning. We could not ask for better weather.

 

A couple of days later we moved on heading south again, passing by Vendome, Chateau-Renault, Amboise, Blere, Loche and got totally lost near Chatellerault thanks our backroad driving. In Poitiers we decided to go on to the toll motorway as we lost to much time.

We passed by Limoges and on to the back roads towards Perigueux we found a lovely camping side at Antonne-et-Trigonant. We stayed only one night as we want to move on to the Atlantic coast.

Again back on to the toll motorway, passing by Bordeaux, which we have visited a view years before and close to the Spanish border near Biarritz we found a camp side in Ondres on the Golfe de Cascogne which was a total  disaster as soon we had the roof tent sorted it started raining for the whole night. Not very enjoyable. Also the Camp side was not up to our taste and we moved on as soon we could.

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We left home on a nice sunny day towards Folkestone where the Euro shuttle has been booked to get us to Calais in Northern France. We choosed deliberately the early morning train to avoid the traffic in southern England.

Near St. Valery-sur-Somme we had a bid of a nap which was very enjoyable and has given us the energy back to heading south. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was climbing up to 30 degrees. Luckily with the air conditioning on it was comfortable.

We passed Rouen, Evreux, Dreux, Chartres and Châteaudun and decided to stop over night in the small town of Cloyes-sur-le-Loir which is near Orleans.

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Replace wiper assembly

Over time, I noticed the the windscreen wipers were starting to become out of alignment; obviously this is through the age of the car (and possibly the British weather!)

Luckily I was able to purchase the whole assembly for a decent price, and it was not very difficult to remove the old one.

Whilst the assembly was removed, this gave me a good opportunity to thoroughly clean it out.

Only four bolts was needed to remove the wiper motor, and to connect it to the new assembly was no problem.

NOKIAN HAKKAPELIITTA LT2

Since I have had the Land cruiser 100, I’ve never bothered about Winter tyres. I live in a country where it is debatable to buy some, as wintery conditions are seldom therefore making it difficult to justify the purchase. The LC is not my main transport and on bad weather it can stay on the drive.

All the previous years when I travelled to the Alps in the winter, I was more than happy with the BFGoodrich in the snow. It seems, there is now not the amount of snow on the roads as many years ago and for 2 weeks it is just not worth.

I am planning to drive to the Alps at the end of the month; I will be travelling through mountain passes where winter tyres (and snow chains) will be needed.

I have purchased a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2 on original Toyota steel rims which  makes my life much easier when I change them over.

It will be interesting to see how the winter tyres compare to the BFGoodrich that I used previously.

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I have raised the pressures in the tyres from 35 to 42 psi. Lets see if it makes a difference on the road handling

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I like the way how Nokian put the safety indicators on the centre surface of the tyre. The numbers wear out as the tire wears down. Less the 40% the tyre should not be worn in wintery conditions.

Greenlaning in Northumberland

After all the repairs and modifications of which I have recently done, I wanted to give the Land Cruiser a good test drive to see how he behaved. We took the LC to a mild Greenlaning session in Northumberland with the stunning views and ideal routes.

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Great to take advantage of the weather as the routes won’t be this dry and green for much longer this year.

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Diane really enjoyed her drive in the LC.

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Even the Highland Cows are interested to see the Land cruiser and Diane or are they just being nosey?

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