Self Preservation Society Tour....... Sitrep
Mileage .......no change from day 6
Beers drank........not a clue (but hazarding a guess that we have exceeded recommended daily limits)
Pulled over by police......7
Underwear changes ......1
Strip washes ....2
Today was designated as an admin / maintenance day. Managed to corner a pair of Parker Jon's socks in the van and after a 5 minute struggle we corralled them into the bag containing the rest of his laundry. Took every thing out of the van to give it a clean but then lost interest after a couple of minutes, so threw everything back in again.
Set off to discover Lens and hopefully a laundrette; stopped at first cafe in the town and began to ask people if they could direct us. Checked on google translate and it appears we were actually asking "can we rinse your grandmas knickers", which explains the funny looks, but more worryingly leads to questions about the guy who smiled, nodded and got straight on his phone?
Got talking to a very lovely French girl who lead us all the way to the laundrette, operated the machines, posed for pictures, sang England songs (knew all the words!) but rejected both of our proposals of marriage.
Back at the campsite a camper van of Germans arrived so we played the theme from 'The Great Escape' and '633 squadron' as loud as we could, which they loved. Had a good crack chatting to them and they invited us to a BBQ at their van. With true German engineering the actual BBQ was a thing of magnificence; triple layered, counter rotating grills, self cleaning drip trays....awesome;
We had decided we were going to detox for a day and not drink....so at about 7 ish we headed into town and got sozzled. Watched Italy v Belgium, the headed back to get some sleep......NO CHANCE....everyone partying, loud ...VERY LOUD. Parker Jon went for the "if you can't beat them join them" approach, whilst I lay in the tent and suffered from "can't sleep miserableshiteitis" .