We’ve structured our return in short chunks to try and keep the van alive, so we moved on to another camperplaats we have visited before at the Landwinkel de plantage. This is a great little site, where you park up in the orchard. Another bargain price at 15 Euros. We had a shortish cycle (but steep in parts and very windy) and took in the rather grey sea views, then back to the site for some more lounging around.
The following day we decided to head to Bruges/Brugge. It was very much en-route and there was a campsite within about 3.5km of the city centre, so we booked in and cycled in. It is a very attractive city, but very much dominated by tourism, giving it that slightly off feeling of not being quite real. A bit like visiting Godshill looking for a typical Isle of Wight village. The prices also seemed rather more reminiscent of Scandinavia than we might have liked. I suspect Brugge might make a nice city break, and it was a pleasant enough afternoon, but by no means the highlight of the trip. However we did find the Aldi here (Aldi Nord, rather than Aldi Sud which we have in the UK) sold a rather nice Ameretto, which went rather nicely with our coffee and (overpriced) Belgian chocolates.
So, tomorrow is the last day of our trip. We’re hoping the van will make it home. The last two days we have managed to avoid any failures. I’ve stuck to very gentle driving, which I suspect is what is keeping us going. Once we hit UK soil I may get a bit heavier with my right foot to see what happens. We still vaguely cling to the hope that the problems may be due to a bad batch of fuel and so maybe by then things will be ok, but I don’t really think that things are right even though we haven’t cut out recently, so suspect we may need more work, hopefully on the Island.