This is just a catch up on my trip to Bulgaria. It's now 23:00 GMT on Tuesday and I am back home! All your advice was very much appreciated, however, we cannot control all of our life events, especially those which happen when we are not there but still affect us profoundly! I set off on Thursday morning at 6 am. All went well, I caught the ferry right on time and began my sojourn across Europe. However in my haste, I didn't realise I had asked the Sat Nav to plan the eco-route to save fuel! It took me through every town along the way pretty much via, Belgium, Netherland, German, Austria, Hungary, Romania and finally into Bulgaria. I paid to download the latest maps, but it's not until you are actually using them that you come to realise the lack of info! In Austria, it just gave up as I was heading across the sound of music set! Signal lost was all I got! 2 hrs later to my surprise having driven over many mountains it seemed in an effort to get back on Route is said, turn left! I nearly died of shock! It eventually took me until about 1.30 am on Monday to arrive in Furen!
I was woken by the street dogs at about 07:30. Some of the villagers had gotten curious and one came to say hello. I showed my deed for the house and once again a search began! Bearing in mind it had been December 2012 when I last checked the house was all okay! My visit was followed by nursing my beloved mum to her life's end and the subsequent period of mourning her loss!
Eventually, the village sheriff showed up and he instantly recognised me and gave me a hug! He climbed into the van and directed me to my house! It was bolt croppers to open the lock, which had ceased. Then it became evident that 4 years had not been kind to my property! The roof of the barn had disintegrated and collapsed through to the ground taking out the ceilings of the annex which was now overgrown. I managed to get the main door to the house open and it was the same scenario. The roof had fallen in and the ceilings were hanging. I could see the sky through the roof!
My heartache was apparent as tears naturally flowed. I was gutted! I had fought my anxiety and driven all those miles for this. The lovely neighbour invited me to see her side of my house side and it was then I saw the Chimneys had fallen ripping out half the wall! They had taken out the roof of her chicken house. This she said was all the result of heavy snow! So there was I with a van full of belongings 1900 miles from home, with a decision to make! There was only one sensible one , I asked the marshall to keep an eye on the place, said my goodbye's, got in the van and turned around to head all the way home again with the van still full!
Having experienced problems with prat nav I double checked everything and asked it to get me home via the fastest route avoiding tolls! This time, the route, took me through Serbia, then out into Romania, and into Austria where again prat nav got lost as its set route was blocked by loggers! It struggled to find an alternative but did as I just drove! As I left Austria into Germany, the border guard insisted I empty the van to assure him no one was hiding beneath my heavy furniture, and belongings. what an A-hole! So I insisted he reload it as it was, and he did, though reluctantly! He felt foolish and apologised for his lack of faith. Once I had left the mountains behind and coped with the slowest part of The journey , things slowly improved and the journey through Germany was one complete dream ride. I got on a motorway within hours after I left the customs and got off the other end at Calais, only stopping to refuel, as one autobahn flowed into the next and no towns to negotiate. The road works were a pain but no hassle. All was well until the blizzard called a stop to the day at 23:00. An early start today saw me finally get back home, actual driving time, home, was about 30 hrs. I covered 4100 miles for the round trip over 6 days.
Maybe it was a wasted trip but you learn a lot about what you are capable of when you complete a journey like that! So I'm now in a total mess because the stuff must now be stored , whilst I find the money and a trustworthy local builder to do a rebuild of the house and roof! Now I am going to sleep in a proper bed and recover! Good night and God Bless one and all.