20.01.2011 - 23.01.2011
This will be the last blog entry for the journey. As Ann has now gone home, the trip strangely seems to have been brutally wrenched from under me. I’m alone and I really feel it. I’m back at the Wareham campsite near Poole following negotiations to sell the motorhome.
Luckily after having the van serviced, MOT’d and repaired on Friday (today’s Sunday 21st January), the young couple who expressed interest in the van, decided they wanted it. We settled on £19,500, just £500 less than we paid for it. However, after deducting nearly £2,000 for the service and Bundesvan’s commission, Ann and I will be left with about £8,500 each – quite satisfying.
Of course for me, the sale has meant a frantic search to find accommodation in either London or Bristol. The new owners have allowed me up to a month to deliver the van to them (they live in Bristol); so I’ve been on-line the whole weekend trawling through the ‘Gum Tree’ website looking for digs.
On Tuesday I visit a chap at his flat in Tooting in London; for £150 per week I can share the place with him. Apparently he’s a 37 year old director of a large advertising firm. He seems OK, what little one can glean from half a dozen emails; so I’ll see.
OK – time’s up. There’s no point prolonging the agony; the trip’s over, and I must say I am glad. It’s been exhausting, but we did what we set out to do. We travelled through France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Italy. The van served us well, although I won’t be sorry to see it go.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I have writing it, but for now it’s goodbye from me!