Our last site in Spain.......

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
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Trip End May 08, 2013


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Where I stayed
Camping Colombres
What I did
The Pico de Europa Mountains!

Flag of Spain  , Asturias,
Thursday, May 2, 2013

2-5-13

So, here we are at Colombres Camping, near to the Pico de Europa Mountains, about 80k from Santander and the ferry.....

We overslept this morning, a mixture of vino and the change of hours.....more the vino I think!

Last night we fell amongst good-uns, a family living in an American motorhome that has to be just about the best I've ever seen. V8 LPG engine (8 litres), slide-out and an insatiable appetite for conversation and my Portuguese plonk! Perfect!

We had left Wifi-less Evora on Wednesday at about 1015 and took the A6 towards Badajoz, and the Spanish border. It still seems strange crossing into another country without stopping or producing documents, or in the case of Turkey, bribing the frontier guards!

Who am I to complain, though, even if that does mean that hordes of gyppos and ne’er-do-well’s from Eastern Europe can flood our country? They burn our flag, but love our Social Security! Bless...

The A6 to the border is a Pay road, with toll booths. It cost us €5-40 to travel the 90-odd kilometres to Badajoz, to which, considering that the road was empty, in excellent condition and the cruise control took the strain, I have no complaints.

After that, we took the EX-100 to the motorway at Caceres, and then the excellent A66 all the way to Salamanca. On the way down, we had stayed at the Hotel Regio campsite, and found it a bit scruffy and unkempt. OK, it was winter, but there were many staying there and I think that standards should be kept up.

This time, we stayed at the excellent Ruta de la Plata site, not a stone’s through from the motorway, but without any intrusive noise.

Which brings us back to the beginning.....

This morning, I suddenly realised that we needed fuel, so we headed into Salamanca. The university and Bull Ring area is not really the place to search out a fuel station, and we had a couple of excursions into side roads before we found a Repsol station.....on the other side of the road, which was a duel carriageway.                                                                                                                                 There was nothing for it but to plod on, towing the van and annoying Spanish motorists!           There’s a bright side to everything!                                                                                                                 We eventually came up to a roundabout, and found ourselves in the wrong lane. The ugly senorita in the white car next to us defied my attempts to move over, so I let her go and leaned on the next one, who gave way. I am convinced that the girl had never seen us, and Spanish women must take lessons in driving from the same company as the Portuguese women – Ramone’s Blind Driving School!

Fuelled up, all we had to do was rejoin the road and we came out of the service station onto a roundabout with 4 lanes controlled by lights! I think that they were designed by a demonic madman, as I could see neither rhyme nor reason in their operation! Eventually, we did what everyone else seems to do, and butted in, French style! Result!

On the way north, we have had just about every weather situation: 22C hot sunshine, 7C cold rain, snow on the mountains and a bit of fog!

From Salamanca, around Valladolid and Palencia, the A62 and the A67 are excellent, quite empty and with a generally good surface. We made fine time and arrived at Camping Colombres at about 1615.

One problem with having a large outfit is actually finding a pitch that will take it. There is usually no problem really, but at Colombres they have had a lot of rain, which has put many pitches out of use. However, they directed us to the service road leading to two pitches on the edge of the site, and here we are, on good hardstanding, next to the showers and with a view of the Picos to die for!

More later!

Ciao!
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