Riding along on the crest of a wave

DGertie the Hymer waveso you remember, for those of you who are old enough, the excitement of spotting a car with GB plates on the way to holidays in some Spanish Costa or other? As children, we played ‘spot the car’, with the winner getting a point. That’s all we got, a point, but the competition was enough to make sure we stayed glued to the windows, faces screwed up in concentration, at least from the ferry to Arras (there were lots of points given out from the ferry to Arras.)

Well, I’m happy to tell you that waving is big in the motorhome world. Being as tribal as any other group of human beings, the warmest, most excited wave is reserved for other Hymers, naturally, but we do wave at other makes. Obviously never, ever at cars towing caravans though. That would just be a step too far…
Of course, the problem with waving at large white vehicles is that sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a motorhome and any other large white vehicle, like a delivery van. Some wave back, some look straight ahead and some stare blankly at you wondering if you’re a nutter chasing them because they’ve forgotten your Oxo cubes.

I like it. It’s a warm sort of feeling when you’re lost and in the middle of nowhere to get a friendly wave. Sometimes, if you look like you’re in trouble, it’s not unusual for another campervan to stop and help you out. We’re really nice that way.

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