in venlo in eastern holland for a smoke and a pancake.. and it's flat, raining and i'm being persecuted by mosquitos. or possibly just one mosquito that's been riding in the bus since antwerp.......

set off on sunday from dover and got into boulogne in the evening , a quick blat south to condete and an overnight. waking up to coffee and fresh croissants - bliss !

the weather was not great so i decided to head inland and find something warmer. so off to brussels, with torrential rain all the way. the rear wiper that i fixed last week (cobled together from the motors of two broken ones.) works fine, it still wont park in the right place and has taken on the charming habit of occasionally becoming a in intermittent rear wiper.. not stoping its occasional wiping unitl the ignition is turned off... fortuitous given the circumstances i guess...... :)

the rain doesn't and neither does the fuel consumption, i'm doing 60 mph everywhere and the consumption isn't bad-for a bus....... but the fuel is around E1.48 per litre. depending on the exchange rate that's more expensive than uk....
this could end up being a seriously expensive trip..

so far i've covered around 700 miles, all trouble free though i keep freaking out abouit every small noise & burp that the bus makes.. the problem with having done 700 miles is that i have to travel back 700 miles (hopefully less if i don't spend hours lost in the one way system of brussels and antwerp as i have done so far)

tomorrow i'm heading off to nuerburg to have a look at the nuerburgring and camp in the forest, although i know it's a stupid idea but part of my mind has to believe there will be less biting insects there.. at this rate i will end up looking like an extra from startrek. you know the type, bipedal, air breathing, englishspeaking aliens with bits of copydex and tissue paper stuck on their faces.

being snuggled (or huddled as i lie in the dark waiting for the zzzzzzzzz that announces a mosquito has landed in my ear to start lunch) up un der the duvet ion the back of the van all that is exposed is face and ears and hands and that's whats been munched......

ah well..
more later if i can get a connection...

:)
see y?ll at spa