We’ve made it to Tossa

Today was the best day, we made it from our guest house in the foothills of the Pyrenees over to Perpignan on some amazing roads then down and over the border and along some stunning coast roads to Tossa de Mar. It’s been another long and tiring day but we’ve made it…

Thank you to everyone who has followed us from Godmanchester to Tossa in a Tuk. It’s been a long way at 30mph, we’ve had some great support along the way and irritated a few angry french people by holding them up.

We’ve got soaking wet and sunburned in the same day, we’ve driven some stunning roads and seen some amazing sights. We’ve got lost, gone the wrong way down one way streets and had a few close calls.

The Tuk Tuk hasn’t let us down once, we’ve driven her over 1100 miles in five days, the windscreen wiper didn’t work that well and the choke needed fiddling with but she’s been amazing, we’ll be sorry to sell her on.

For everyone who has been to www.justgiving.com/tossa and made a donation – thank you very much for each and every penny for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Finally thanks to our friends at Red Bull Racing, Rob for lending us the support car, to Paxton Trailers for lending us the trailer to bring the Tuk Tuk home, to The Tuk Shop for their support and Expertees for the hoodies that were a lifesaver.

We can see the Pyrenees

Today we made it from Bordeaux to Carcassonne via Condom for lunch…

A long day with a bit of a sore head at the start from the great red wine of Bordeaux. 🍷🍷🍷🍷

We lost the numberplate from the trailer but managed to find it got wet in a few heavy showers but are well on track to make Spain tomorrow if we are lucky.

Niort, La Rochelle, Rochefort & Bordeaux

We stayed overnight in a travel tavern just outside of Niort so this morning we headed to La Rochelle on the coast where the Tuk Tuk created a fair bit of attention, mostly because Paul drove it the wrong way around the Marina and mistook people waving at him as friendly support!

After a look around we headed down the coast road to Rochefort for lunch and then another 100 miles down to Bordeaux through some very quaint towns and alongside vineyard after vineyard.

Tonight we are heading into Bordeaux, rumour has it there may be some wine to try.

What a day…

The ferry docked in Dieppe at 4am so by the time we’d made our way through off the boat, through the docks and decided which way we had to go it was still dark (and cold) but as we headed South through some beautiful French countryside we were treated to a great sunrise.

We wanted to make some good progress before rush hour but it never came, it was like a ghost town and everything (cafes and petrol stations) was closed. A quick google search revealed that today is a public holiday in France so the roads have been quiet certainly through the larger towns like Le Mans. We’ve made great progress and are hoping to brunch tomorrow in La Rochelle before heading to Bordeaux.

The weather today was spectacular in every sense, cold and misty this morning, warm and sunny then very warm then the most amazing thunderstorm. It is still raining outside now.

All in all a great day, we’ve covered over 300 miles today, the RB Tuk Tuk is still firing on her cylinder and we have a beer in hand after a 14 hour shift.

We’ve made the ferry

So today we left The Exhibition at 11am and made it down to our friends at The High Oak in Ware for a BBQ and then down through central London, over Tower Bridge and down to Newhaven on the coast. We are sat waiting for the ferry now. We’ll blog again on the other side…

Thank you to Ace Cabs

Ace Cabs have made a large donation to Macmillan in support of our trip to Tossa, we just wanted to say a big THANK YOU.

Thank you Expertees

Thank you to Expertees in Huntingdon for kitting us out with new hoodies for the trip. They have chosen blue & red ones to match the tuk tuk and branded them with Macmillan on the front and out To Toos logo on the back.

Thank you very much for your support & generosity.

Paxton Trailers to the rescue

We want to say a huge thank you to Paxton Trailers who have an ideal trailer for the Tuk Tuk that they have agreed to lend us for the return trip from Spain!

Thank you very much from us and Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

The first stop

After leaving The Exhibition at 11am on Monday 7th May our first stop will be at The High Oak in Ware for a barbecue. Then we’ll be off down to Newhaven to catch the ferry.

If you’d like to join us at The High Oak we expect to be there around 1pm.