Let’s go road trip!
Even if it’s just for a few days, a mini road trip seemed like a great idea. Weather was ideal. I’d already been to our local beach a few times for a dip. Water was a great temp for cooling off in the heat. However, no point having a camper if you don’t use it!
Hot, hot, hot!
When I got to the bus, it was a blistering 50º inside! My new magnetic thermometer had officially just about maxed out! All windows were immediately opened and the bus started quickly just to get me moving and have some air flowing through the vehicle! It was a quick dash back to grab some gear before heading off to the supermarket for a few essential supplies. All sorted, it was time to head off. Road trip time!
Great to be on the move at last. Nothing like a golden hour drive in the late afternoon sunshine. I’m very lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the UK. Music was on, windows open and the enjoyment of any ever-changing horizon unfolding as the miles passed by. All going well… that is until someone decided to pull out at speed whilst I was on a roundabout! I had to drastically swerve and brake to avoid them, and fortunately, they eventually saw me at the last minute and slammed on their brakes! I genuinely thought I was going to get T-boned and flipped over! Luckily, a collision was narrowly averted, but it was way too close for comfort! Time for a deep breath! Really glad I had upgraded my brakes and steering!
Happy memory place
Growing up as kids, I have happy memories of holidays and weekend day trips out in my Dads camper. Not sure why, but I remembered a particular lay-by spot that we would often stop at on the way back from Folkestone in Kent. It had space to run around, trees you could climb. I remember it being a place of fun. It made a great spot to pull over and use the campers kitchen facilities to have a picnic. Not sure what brought this memory back, but I thought it would be interesting to try and revisit the lay-by (if I could find it) now that I have my own camper.
Now I know
I managed to find this particular random lay-by, so this was going to be my first destination as a stopover on my mini local road trip. This would be the first time I would have ever come back here since I was a kid. It has been a while!
As I drove my way up the final steep approach hill in my camper, it suddenly became very familiar again. Pulling in and parking up, it immediately became apparent why my Dad loved stopping here. The view out over the countryside was pretty special. Very tranquil and picturesque. Being back here as an adult in my own camper was very poignant. It’s the kind of spot I loved too. Maybe I’m not that dissimilar to him after all these years? I wonder what my Dad would have made of me rocking around in an old camper van after all these years?
With the sun slowly slipping below the horizon, it was time to get the blinds up on the camper and get the bed set-up. Time to get back into road trip mode, it has been a while.
It was still really warm tonight, so it will be a case of sleeping with the pop-out windows open tonight. No need for a sleeping bag in this heat! I only needed to bring my silk sleeping bag liner for this trip. Perfect for these hot, balmy summer nights. The silk sleeping bag liner is an ultra-lightweight and breathable liner. It can be used alone or in conjunction with a sleeping bag, for a bit of extra warmth when it gets cold. It will help keep you warm in the cold or cool in the heat. It helps your body to regulate temperature more effectively.
Road trip fun
It’s easy to forget the fun a solo road trip can bring. For me, it’s the perfect way to unwind, clear my head and relax. Already looking forward to what tomorrow will bring…