We left home on Wednesday and headed for Black Horse Farm at Folkestone to meet up with our friends, Mick and Jill from Derby, stay overnight and then catch the early Eurotunnel train the following morning.
Tony decided that he would get some fuel on the way and so we searched the satnav for fuel stations close to Folkestone. The satnav was very obliging and gave us one en-route to the campsite where we could also gain some Tesco club card points. Perfect, we thought, so we duly followed the directions and came off at J11A of the M20 as instructed by the satnav, knowing full well that this is the Eurotunnel check in junction but just assumed that there must be another turn off from this that we hadn’t previously noticed that would take us to the fuel station.
No such luck. We ended up at the check in kiosk for Eurotunnel, a day early, with no option but to use the intercom to speak to someone and explain our dilemma. Tony to lady at Intercom: “Hello, can you help me, I am trying to get to Folkestone and seem to have come off at the wrong junction”. Intercom lady replied, much to our relief, “No problem Sir, take the ticket from the machine and keep to the right-hand side between the two 20 miles per hour signs and follow the exit signs”.
Needless to say, we came out of the terminal unscathed, a little embarrassed, laughing at the whole situation and thinking that maybe we should follow Mick and Jill to Spain instead of them following us! We continued in our search for a fuel station, which we found, then headed to the campsite. Tony’s cousin Su and her husband Ron, met us at the campsite to wish us a bon voyage and we all ended up at the local pub opposite the site for food and farewell drinks.
The next morning, we returned back to the Eurotunnel terminal and caught our train!