50mph is not slow.
The French are going to bring the limit on all secondary roads down from 56mph (90kph) to 80kph (50mph) this summer. Other countries are set to do the same. Some are bringing the limit down to 70kph (45mph). Lots of stretches were already limited to 80kph for vehicles over 3500kg.
If you want to faster then you need to use the Autoroutes.
But you will not average 50mph ! maybe 40 or even less
Thus if you are on a "tight time budget" toll roads are better as the maximum is higher and the average speed a higher proportion of the maximum.
Given no hold ups (just the stick ups at the toll booths) if the max is 60 you could easily average 55mph
We are mainly OK with time and thus generally avoid tolls.
50mph maybe (55 if a good road and legal) is fine for us the only time I go up to say 60 or 65 is on a traffic free motorway.
When planning I prefer to use km
Average speed of 60km/hr so 1 km = 1 minute then if over 2hrs add 15min for a tea break.
If a toll road is clearly also a real distance saver then maybe and indeed sometimes you have no choice !
So we pay up and forget !
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions - after a bit of route planning we have come up with the following route down.
We have the Wild Camping app, Camper contact app and all the aires book, but I was just wondering if anyone has any specific recommendations for aires/municipal camp sites that are roughly along our route (I dont mind a small detour)
Valencia we will probably stay at the Valencia camper park, we went last year and it was great with the kids and the little restaurant on site was a nice addition after a few days on the road - I recommend it if you havenít been, think it was 15 euro a night or you can stay in the aire part for less.
Here is our rough route, although we may not stick to it exactly.
Day 1: Dieppe to Rouen 64km 50 mins
Day 2: Rouen to Orleans 252km 3.5 hours
Day 3: Orleans to Limoges 268 km 3.35 hours
Day 4: Limoges to Toulouse 301 km 4.30 hours
Day 5: Toulouse to Manresa 272km 3.40 hours
Day 6: Manresa to Valencia 260km 4.50 hours
Day 7: Valencia to Galera 313km 4.15 hours
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