After saying goodbye to my host and the Selly Oak crew at the Hotel in Nempont I headed towards Forest-Montiers as I knew there was a campsite near by.
Almost as soon as I set off it started to rain and pretty much stayed that way all day.
It was a pretty shitty day and I was just grinding the kilometres when I saw this
In amongst all those signs is on for a camping site in Neuville(there are a lot of Neuville’s by the way) this one was next to Forest-Montiers and was directly on my planned route so I headed for there.
Kind of regret it as they charged 18euro to stay but it was still raining and had been for 6 solid hours.
I did have some time to wander around the village which took all of 10minutes.
Oh I almost forgot mention this, so I was walking in the rain in the middle of nowhere when this car with Bulgarian numbers plates which was heading in the opposite direction to me suddenly stopped and the passenger leans out of the window and shouts me over. So I wander over and he tries to sell me a gold chain from around his next some story about needing money desperately. It was like we are in the middle of nowhere, it’s raining, I am carrying 25kilo’s in a rucksack on my back what possible reason would I have to buy a gold chain at this point in time. After politely declining he headed off and so did I.
So after a very wet day and night I awoke to head on to the next stage towards Dieppe, the day would end in Friaucourt at a really nice municipal camp that was cheap with good facilities.
In between Forest-Montiers and Pontholio I came across this tribute to the Caudron brothers
Later at Noyelles-sur-Mer whilst having some breakfast at the station this pulled in.
It was another grey day as you can see by the pictures but at least there where some interesting sights to see.
Leaving the train behind I continued on to Vaudricourt.
Leaving Vaudricourt I continued on to Friaucourt by the time I get to Friaucourt I could hardly walk my feet and legs where screaming at me to stop. On the way though..
Luckily for my there was a campsite at Friaucourt so I got my tent up throw my rucksack inside it and went off in search of a beer at around 7:50pm, there where a couple of English blokes camping as well and they told me of a bar they had seen on the way into the site so I went in search of it.
When I got there it was just about to close but he allowed me a beer and we got talking for a while and the owner stayed open for me which then attracted more people so I stayed to watch the first half of the France vs Norway football game. Also scored 1 free drink!
The next day after another wet camp I set of towards Criel-sur-Mer.
This days journey took me through Eu and one of the nicest things that have ever happened to me. I was sitting on a bench just chilling for a while when from the 1st floor of a building across the road and old lady shouts down to me, now I could not really understand what she was saying but I thought it might be something about do I want something to eat. Anyway she vanished from the window for a few minutes and just as I was preparing to leave she returned to the window and shouted me over dropping a baguette in a bag into my hands, I thanked her and she returned back inside closing the window. Score one pate sandwich it tasted pretty good as well I can tell you.
I headed out of Eu towards Criel-sur-Mer which is about 20-25km from Dieppe getting there in the late afternoon, I had intended on camping a little further up the road at a place called Bivelle-sur-Mer but spying a sign for camping in Criel I decided to follow it and stop there for the night.
The camping turned out to be right on the coast and 4km from where the sign was!
To tired to go anywhere once I had pitched my tent I got a couple of beers from the camp shop and settled down for the night, then it started to rain and it rained pretty much all night. But the next day when I awoke I saw some blue skies for the first time in quite a while and it was nice to pack up a dry tent rather than a soaking one. The campsite was called Les Mouettes was pretty reasonably priced but had no wi-fi, there is a municipal camp just a little further down the road which has wi-fi but I have not idea of the tariff’s but it looked okay when I passed it the next day.
Now I have no idea why it is where it is, as it is quite a few km’s from Dieppe. I can only assume it has something to do with the captured Canadians. If anyone does know I would love to know the story.
I have booked myself into the Hotel Windsor in Dieppe which is right on the seafront, on getting here I had a shower got changed and went out in search of a supermarket to get some supplies intending to have a relaxing evening in my room with a few beers and some snacks after wandering around aimlessly in Dieppe centre not being able to locate said supermarket I returned towards the hotel stumbling on the Cambridge Pub. Needless to say I stopped in for a few beers and ended up getting involved in music quiz with some local residents.
I’ll be honest I don’t remember a great deal of the night but it seemed like it was fun!
Today I explore Dieppe which I am just about to do.