We called on HPC Hydraulic in Oldenzaal as one of our levelling rams was leaking. They replaced the ram and two hours later we were on our way.

We spent the weekend at a natural park in the forest where there were miles of steep trail bike tracks, as well as wider paths suitable for regular cyclists. The park was a haven for hikers, dog walkers and horse riders. There was a large lake where where there were several man made sandy beaches and plenty of play areas for children of all ages. We were surprised to see so few people using the park, just the occasional hikers and dog walkers. No-one was swimming in the lake. It may have been the weather which was damp and dull with some heavy rain showers – or the Covid virus may have kept them away. The goodbye message on the park sign was “Gute Fahrt und bis bald”.


We turned towards the UK and stopped on the Belgium coast at Blankenberge, a traditional seaside town with a long sandy beach. At the end of the bustling promenade was a marina. Tucked away behind the marina was a seafood restaurant called De Oesterput where we had a wonderful lunch.

Eurotunnel was less frantic than when we left the UK, the terminal was open for refreshments – and the toilets. We usually paid £140 to travel on Eurotunnel one way. This excursion cost £218.00 outbound and £350.00 to come back – how is that for price inflation? A rip off.

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