Update 30 June. On Monday the low loader returned and it was a great relief that PJ Kerley Ltd of Great Yarmouth were able to get the required part to fix my van. They weren’t sure that they could get it on Monday. If not, I would have been sleeping in the van in their yard on Monday night! So all well and now back on the road with a new power steering pump.
On Tues I visited Southwold-on-Sea. Loved it. It seems to have maintained its character of an old fashioned seaside town and the sun shone too. Loved the pier and the amazing machines. From Southwold to Aldeburgh, then Felixstowe and then slightly inland to Polstead campsite in the heart of Suffolk, John Constable country which I have always wanted to visit. Loved East Bergholt, the village where Constable was born and grew up, and Flatford Mill, the subject of The Haywain. I stood in the spot Constable stood to create the masterpiece.
Then I followed the coast through Harwich, Walton-on-the-Naze, Clacton-on-Sea and then to West Mersea Island for the night.
Then a complicated bit of coastline today, Bradwell-on-Sea, Burnham-on-Crouch, Southend-on-Sea and Canvey Island. Now at a campsite for tonight on a farm about 5 miles north of the Dartford crossing. I can hear the traffic!
Tomorrow will be crossing the Thames at the Dartford Crossing via the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. Paid up and ready to get into Kent tomorrow.