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It was just a casual internet search really. Sat in front of the computer, no plans for New Years Eve and a new (well new to us) caravan that we were just itching to use. So, “enter New Year and Caravan as the search criteria and see what comes up,” I thought.

There were a fair few hits, needless to say. I had a look through and one that caught my eye was something to do with Cromer. Now, living in Colchester, I thought “This seems close enough, let’s have a closer look.”

Well, to cut a long story short, the search had turned up the Touring and Tenting thread for the New Year rally at Cromer.

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Close your eyes and imagine the Italy of your dreams, shimmering water, soft hued stunning scenery of terracotta, sienna and green where olive groves and oak trees meander over hills. You have just imagined the treasures of Lake Trasimeno the fourth largest lake in Umbria, Italy.

 The micro-climate of Lake Trasimeno in the basin of the mountains, supports much wildlife and the lake is teeming with fish, the staple diet of the region. Totally unspoilt, there are no factories around the lake, the water of the lake remains clean (a laboratory on one of three islands checks daily). The lake depends purely on rainfall, there are no rivers flowing into it, which also maintains its purity. (There is only one other lake in Europe not filled by rivers, Lake Balaton in Hungary) Lake Trasimeno is very shallow, deepest point only 6 metres, the micro-climate also keeps the temperature consistently warm all year.

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There was once a time when my dreams of driving through California involved either cruising in an open-topped red Chevy with surfboard in the boot and the Beach Boys blaring from a stereo, or straddling a roaring Harley-Davidson.

There was once a time when my dreams of driving through California involved either cruising in an open-topped red Chevy with surfboard in the boot and the Beach Boys blaring from a stereo, or straddling a roaring Harley-Davidson as I thundered through the Sunshine State with not a care in the world.

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I would love to say that driving from Nairobi to Cape Town was the fulfilment of a long-standing dream, but that wasn't the case at all. The trip started as a vague idea, which gradually nurtured itself until -- almost without realising it had happened -- I found myself confronting a Kenyan customs officer in Nairobi, getting the documents for a locally purchased VW dormer van. This required the documentation to drive to the Cape.

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