Departure from Kingston Barns, leaving at 2:30am, easy get to the tunnel in two hours, a freight crossing, apparently a decommissioned ambulance cannot go as a passenger vehicle.
Allowing for the crossing, time difference should be on the road in France by 7am at the latest.
First problem M2 closed so a very slow diversion caused a long delay.
Second problem, freight crossing slower than a passenger one so another delay.
Third problem, French customs picked on our old ambulance, getting very attached to her by now, to be inspected. Using lots of sign language and very little French, managed to persuade them there is no value in the donations that are being given to the Ukrainians. So instead of being on the road in France by 7am it was after 10am.
No problems, good roads and we would make up the time.
Wrong – France, Belgium and Holland, good roads and no further delays but as for the Germans!
I will never again complain about the roadworks on our motorways, we are not in the same league as the Autobahn roadworks. By 5pm it was clear there was no chance of making Berlin, I inform
Vitalii and Anatoli we would not be joining them in Berlin for dinner and settle for a stop in Hannover, still a few miles away but doable.
Looking for a hotel in Hannover we thought great find one just off the motorway, pulled in only to find it was an old peoples home not a hotel.
Nick is not sure the guy on the balcony has got over the sight of an ambulance pulling into the carpark and the old gentleman is still trying to find which one of his friends is missing!
Arrived at the hotel at 8:10pm only to be told the restaurant closed at 8:30pm so no chance for a shower and leisurely drink before dinner. But we did manage some food and much needed beer before heading to our rooms for an early night.
After 18 hours on the road, sleep came easy.