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A (pictorial) Road Journey from Mojacar to Gosport via Dieppe

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Moajcar to Gosport by road in pictures

 

This is an unashamedly self indulgent post that is made up of 83 photos taken during one of my trips back to the UK, in September 2014.

These photos will give you an idea of what you will see if you decide to drive from Mojacar, Almeria (South Eastern Spain), through France to the UK. We are based in Gosport, Hampshire (when we are in the UK), and on this trip we took the a ferry trip from Dieppe in France to Newhaven in the UK, so the final leg of the trip was a short hop along the South Coast.

The photos are mainly of roads, signs and traffic (well they were taken on the road so what do you expect), but it also has lots of ‘scenery’ too. I must admit this post may not be to everyone’s taste. However, as well as giving you a good taste of the state of the traffic densities in Spain, France and the UK, it does show the huge difference in scenery between the South of Spain and the much cooler climate in the UK. There are also some interesting roadside sculptures in the North of Spain, as well as pictures of Newhaven as we arrived from France. Oh and, if you don’t want to splash out on a sat-nav, the photos will also show you how to go from Spain to the UK in the shortest time by car. It is not the most economical route, as we used some tolls in France and Spain, but there aren’t any other routes that will get you across Europe as fast.

This is for you if you would like to see the business end of what Indalo Transport does. It will give you a very good idea of what I do when you ask me to transport your furniture from Spain back to the UK – as this is the staple route when we travel between Southern Europe and Britain. Transporting entails me travelling along these roads around once a month, all year, in all weathers. During this trip the weather was glorious for the complete duration, which is not a normal occurrence.

And in case you were wondering, the trip took about 22 hours in driving time, plus rest stops and the 4 hour ferry trip across the Channel. Oh, and it was just over 2000km, which is just under 1250miles.

You could probably do it a lot faster in a car, as I am always careful of the fuel I use and my driving time reflects this.

Enjoy!

PS In case you are wondering how this was done, film of the whole route was taken by a dashcam, and then the individual shots were grabbed from the recording – as using a camera whilst driving is most definitely very silly, as well most illegal!

 

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25° and beautifully sunny

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Murcia – North of Almeria

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Back into Almeria again

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Green up here

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East West Motorway

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‘Indalo Man’ origin

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Impressive Mountains

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pick up in Chirivel

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Home of Carnival

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The Ancient Town of Lorca

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‘Bow’ bridge – at 150Km

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Busy roads in Spain!

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Alicante Province

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One of 13 ‘Costas’

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Castle at Villena

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Turn here for Madrid

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Will la Font de la Figurea ever get a bypass?

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First few clouds in the sky

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Valencia very close

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The Ford Factory exit

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Sit down here

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About to turn off left

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Lots of services in Spain

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The start of the big climb

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Storm ahead

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Teruel, almost 1km up

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I love this sculpture

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‘Motorway of the Moors’

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Biggest A23 sculpture.

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More roadside sculpture

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Sculptures are metal

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Long viaduct

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Drop down to Zaragoza

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Heart of Northern Spain

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Ebro – a very long river

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Mountain labels – nice

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I want this all over Europe

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‘Running bulls’ Pamplona

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Good name for a Mountain

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Lots of Mountains up here

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Not far to France now

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The Mountain Motorway

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Road widening in France

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Spain done-France now

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First French Toll

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Slow down at junctions

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birthplace of the fountain?

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Atlantic Coast Beaches

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Contraflow repair work

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Bird Sanctuary

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Traffic Jam in Bordeaux

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Angouleme it is then

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History in Bordeaux

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Avoid €30 toll – use N10

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In the heart of France

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Time to Pay – again

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Last push North in France

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Weekend in Paris?

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Le Mans -24 Hour home

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The last push to Dieppe

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Approaching Alencon

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Another rest areas ‘Aire’

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Remembering them

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Ferries to UK here

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A distinct bridge

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Not far now

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Final destination in France

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Approaching the UK

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Newhaven Lighthouse

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Nice sandy beach

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Looks a little narrow!

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About to disembark

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Hello England

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Finally at the UK Border

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Rare in France & Spain

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We go left…

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A very mild day in the UK

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busy AM on the A27

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Now Miles rather than KM.

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From East to West

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Finally in Hampshire

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Ferries here too

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Arriving at Gosport

 

 

 

 

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