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16. The Journey Home


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We had to make a very efficient start to the day on Saturday 21st November as the ferry from Trelleborg to Rostock was at 9.55am. We made it and boarded ‘Peter Pan’ for the 5-hour crossing to Germany, there were not many vehicles on there at all, mainly freight so the seating areas were very quiet. We based ourselves in a window seat and a bonus on this ferry was that Roger could be with us, not in a kennel or Arran which he and Lola found quite novel. We arrived around 3.30pm into Germany.

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The next few days were travelling days as we transited through Germany and the Netherlands. We always had good long lunch stops to give everyone chance for a leg stretch and found overnight stops around 4pm, we wild camped for the 3 nights in remote places. We also made a stop so Roger could be wormed by a vet as that is an entry requirement when returning to the UK.

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We arrived at the Hook of Holland (Rotterdam) mid-morning on 24th November and parked overlooking the port, it was a strange feeling seeing the ferry that would take us back to the UK and we had very mixed emotions. Although we were looking forward to being back and seeing family (if restrictions allow!) we had all become very happy and comfortable with life on the road and were sad our adventure had come to an end. We played on the grass, watched all the activity in the port and had lunch before going to check in.

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We thought the ferry must be quiet as there are limited people who can enter the UK at the moment and that proved to be correct – there were no more than 10 vehicles at general check in and most of those looked like work vans, we were the only campervan and only family on board! All the spare car deck space is being filled with freight - a crew member told us they are currently taking three times as many lorries on every crossing at the moment.

The Stena Line crew were lovely – when they saw Lola they were very apologetic that the children’s room was closed and there was no entertainment, two crew members came to chat and check on us during the crossing and when we went to go back to Arran they reserved a lift for us and wouldn’t let anyone else in – we were treated like royalty! It was just over six hours back to Harwich, again we had a window seat and made ourselves at home. Roger was in a kennel, but we could go and see him whenever we wanted.

Once we arrived in Harwich around 8pm we went through Border Control and sorted our details for 14 day quarantine then found a camping spot in Harwich Town for the night, we got Lola in bed and watched the Bake Off Final – the only TV programme we have kept up with whilst away!

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We are now in Norfolk for our quarantine and the festive period – plenty of time to sort Arran out and give him a good clean inside and out! Now we’re back it all seems a bit surreal what we have achieved and experienced in the last three months - such special family time and memories that will last forever.

Now we can’t leave the house for two weeks we plan to collate all the data from our trip such as mileage, ferries, altitudes, temperature etc. so look out for a final blog post – our trip in numbers!

Posted by NapierFamily 11:56 Archived in United Kingdom

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Welcome back all of you.

by Tim Aldous

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the adventure with you. Wonderful photography. Just the outlet
needed to keep us entertained whilst in lockdown. Welcome home and look forward to seeing you all
when rules allow. Sue and Lilian

by Sue and Lilian

Thank you for sharing your Scandinavian adventure with me.it brightened up 2020 with all your tales of places visited, with some outstanding views.
Returning to England will definitely be different.
Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and for another adventure starting in 2021. What will Post Brexit hold for us all?!!!
Take good care,
David XX

by David Melville

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