Sunday 16 June 2019

Sunny in Gray

Sunday 16 June 2019

Nido’s parked up on an aire on the outskirts of the town of Gray.  It’s next to a Municipal campsite and close to the river Saone.  At €5 for the night, it’s our most expensive overnight stop so far!  But it’s well worth the money - with a large pitch and unlimited electricity, plus no additional charges for the service point.  In fact, I’d say this aire is far better than many of the campsites we’ve stayed on at home.  It’s still very warm at 2030 in the evening with blue sky and sunshine.  

We made the most of the last aire, with long hot showers this morning and a bacon butty sat outside by the riverbank.  The journey here was only about 2.5 hours and we arrived, set up and enjoyed our lunch sat under the awning.  It’s been a bit of a lazy Sunday routine, sat outside reading and enjoying the peace and quiet.  We took a walk into town late this afternoon, just to have a mooch around, heading uphill to take a look at the old architecture, before heading back to the van for a cuppa.  Dinner was outside again - merguez sausages cooked on the Cadac BBQ - with some bread toasted, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil, plus a large salad.  We’re eating lots of the green (and red) stuff, so another shopping list has been scribbled on the yellow perspex notepad on the side of the cupboard.

So a chilled out day, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and not doing much at all.  Tomorrow we reach the first of the wild swimming spots - a lake south of Champagnole, in the Jura region; the aires around the area are ski resort sites in the winter so clearly we’ll be gaining some height as we travel there - hopefully none of that cold, white stuff will still be around! I can just see a blue smudge in the distance, hinting at the mountains to come.  It should make for some great swimming, walking and cycling.

We were glad of the shade

Preparing le diner

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