Day 34 has been a day of ups and downs. We got up this morning and it was fresher than it has been over the last week or so. We thought we were in for a cloudy day, don’t be fooled – it’s been a scorcher!
OK so again it’s all about the dog!!! We decided to leave the campsite relatively early and get cracking, go to Decathlon or Carrefour and see what bikes and trailers were available. We got to the first Carrefour and for once were able to park due to the lack of height barrier ! Do you have any idea how frustrating that is? The Hubster popped in to have a look and came back with news that there was everything we needed, so we left Charlie in Harry and raced off to have a butchers. After much sign language and many embarrassing silences, we came out of Carrefour with two bicycles and a trailer!! (an expense we hadn’t counted on!!) However, we really do need to adjust as we go along and if we are to have a senile dog on our hands we need to accommodate him.
We got back to Harry with our brand new shiny bikes, it was just like Christmas! I couldn’t stop grinning, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bike. The grin soon disappeared when we had to work out how to get them in the van!!! We ended up, making up the bed and putting one bike on top of the other!!! Then there was the trailer in a massive box, we wedged that in the bathroom!
Delighted and eager to play with our new toys, we set off to find somewhere for a coffee. We went off the beaten track and I’m so glad we did, not far from La Manga we did a little detour to a tiny village and just look at this, absolutely idyllic. There were big, silver fish jumping out of the water unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch one on the camera but it was pretty special. However, not so cool as we had nowhere to sit in the van, as there were bikes everywhere!!! Outside was far to hot for us and Charlie! Also in this village I found the only Tobacconist who doesn’t sell cigarettes!!! That’s a new one for me
We continued and what did Spain throw at us, another bloody mountain range! Oh my poor husband, he hates heights and we seem to get one every other day! Talk about face your fears, it doesn’t help you know!! However we saw a different side to Spain today, it was dry, arid and quite inhospitable but very, very interesting. We came around one corner and found an ultra modern building on passing I saw it was a monastery!
Then just when you think you are at the end of the world and will never see another living soul, over the horizon you see this!! It really is quite strange.
We went to the Campsite we’d decided to stay at, in a delightful spot on the Med, but on arrival I noticed that they had cut back all the trees, there wasn’t an inch of shade to be had. We’re living in a tin can!!! With a dog who’s wearing his best fur coat! I mean, for goodness sake, it was over 30 degrees!!! It’s not called the Costa Calida (The Warm Coast) for nothing!!! We were also starving hungry, had no food in the van (just bikes!), and now we had nowhere to stay!!
We turned and went in the opposite direction and came to a Lidl, a little wanting in the selection department but we got a supply of goodies. Then we came across a campsite, we pulled in asked the price and took the first pitch.
We set about unloading the bikes, assembling the trailer and trying it out, much to the amusement of all our neighbours (most of whom are English). They tell us they come here every year for 6 months and have been coming here for the last 15 years!!!
I gave Charlie one biscuit as a training aid and assumed it would take approximately 4 days to get him accustomed to the trailer, are you kidding he was in it and settled like a shot and before you know it the Hubster was cycling around the campsite with dog in tow, it was as if he knew what we had in mind. I, on the other hand, am not a natural cyclist and so on my maiden voyage around the campsite nearly came a cropper twice on the gravel. I bet it won’t be long till I tell you I’ve grazed my knees!
As a treat for us and for Charlie we went down to the beach as the sun was setting and Charlie was absolutely thrilled, I swear he smiles!!! We took him back to the van, now a lot cooler and the Hubster and I went for a short bike ride into the scrubland at the back of the campsite, just as the sun was setting. A good end to a mixed up day.
We have Wi-Fi here, but only for one device and we’ve already signed on with the ipad, so this post will hit you tomorrow!!
Keep well everyone.