After a most pleasant long stay in Abbeville we started our return up the Somme on Mon 2nd September with the intention of trying to stop in some of the places we spotted, but didn’t stop at, on the way down.
So our first stop was at Pont Remy complete with ruined chateau as our backdrop. A little ‘project’ for someone perhaps …….. Nowt else to report on this little town so we continued next day to Picquigny – Adrian is cycling back to pick the car up each day so we are a bit limited re distances.
Weds 4th we were up and away around 9am, hoping to get back to Amiens and moor up for a few days and complete the touristic highlights which we missed first time around (see Amiens continued).
We met Sue & Alan on Suzanne – kiwis whom I had said hello to at Abbeville. Unfortunately they were moving on again so we still didn’t manage a drinkie-poo!
We also met Rob Curry on Camelot again & he helped Adrian with a couple of issues (navigation lights and bilge pump). We had dinner together as his wife Sue returned to the UK and he was waiting for a friend to arrive and help him get Camelot X to Calais for the winter. Apparently he knows Graine and Andy (Joni) well as he was the marina at Newark when they were there. Small world!
Our last day in Amiens was a bit of a disaster!
We found a leak!!!! – more to follow on this later……
And we took the car back to Wambrechies near Lille. We did this the other way round a few weeks ago and all went well with Flixbus. Not this time! I remembered the Flixbus taking about 3 hours last time but this time it was to take over 5 hours. We had to go into and out of Paris (CDG airport) with a 40 minute wait. The first Flixbus from Lille was very late and the second one was even later. While waiting at Lille I saw a guy jump into the luggage compartment of a bus going to London. His mates were not at all happy that I warned the driver of his presence!
The total return trip took about 11 hours – not such fun!