La Suze-sur-Sarthe, Wednesday 28th Dec 2011

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aire at La Suze-sur-Sarthe

Well, I’ve got to take my hat off to the French: they’ve done it again.  We’ve found another superb aire right on the river Sarthe, just 10 km southwest of Le Mans.  We’ve already decided we want to spend a couple of days here and Adonis has bought himself a 2-day fishing permit.  I definitely don’t want to move either.

The aire is right next door to the campsite, which is closed this time of year, and for 3€ a day you get free water and electricity hook-up included in your parking fee.  Where else but in France would you find that?  It’s got room for about 20 motorhomes, according to the aire guide, but there are only four at the moment.  We are a couple of minutes’ walk from the town centre, where all the shops are and where I’ve just been for a walk.  There is, of course, a very handy river walk for dogs, so we really don’t want for anything.

 

We had a very quiet night last night at La Mailleraye-sur-Seine and slept until 8 o’clock this morning after watching the first two episodes of The West Wing until 9 o’clock, as we were tired and had an early night.  We really enjoyed the programme and look forward to the next episode(s) tonight.

La Suze-sur-Sarthe from riverside walk.

It was still dark when we got up this morning at 8, but the fog had lifted and I took a few pictures of the aire, still illuminated by street lamps, and the opposite side of the river bank.

We left again at around 9.15 am and carried on the D913 to Bourgtheroulde-Infreville, where we joined the D438 southwest to Broglie to top up with water using the jetons we bought last time we were here.  We had a panic moment when we tried to empty the grey water tank and nothing would come out and Adonis used his plastic tube to check for any blockages, but still nothing would come out.  We tried using the plunger on sink and unscrewing the draining hole, but to no avail, so Adonis resorted to unscrewing the big tank cap underneath the van and that did it, except that there was hardly any water in it and we found out that’s what the problem was: not enough grey water in waste tank.  We can only assume the outside tap had been left opened the last time we emptied the tank and it had been emptying itself all the time as we used it!

La Suze-sur-Sarthe from riverside walk.

Panic over, we carried on our merry way on the D438 past Alenҫon and the D338 to Le Mans, then the D23 to Allonnes and finally here for 2 o’clock.

It’s nearly 5 pm now: Adon is fishing, I’m going to crochet for a bit and then cook Spaghetti Bolognese.  We weren’t that impressed with those Vietnamese spring rolls last night, as they had more crab than king prawn, and will not be buying them again.

A hapy man: fishing available too

 

 

 

 

 

One more thing: I navigated all the way through today without taking my eyes off the map and the road and I’m pleased to say we did not get lost or take a wrong turn.  Anyway, Homer Simpson was getting on my nerves!!!

 

And Father Christmas came by boat!

 

As it is getting dark, I can see the Father Christmas and Rudolf decoration on the boat on the river: Really pretty and original!

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