Plain sailing...please

Trip Start Nov 05, 2009
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Trip End Apr 26, 2010


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Our boat is moored in the marina at la Palmas (Fact for you Derek: Spains 7th biggest city). The city is pretty dirty and noisy but whilst Nic was here last week we hired a car for a few days and wild camped our way around the island. Again I am suprised at how beatuiful it is - really dramatic mountains and cliffs. Will definitely be back to explore some more and do the trek to the mythical GuiGui beach - a 2 hour climb over a mountain ridge to a stunning white sand beach.

This week has mainly been taken up with sorting out all the food and drink for the boat. The reciept just for the dry food was as long as Tom is tall. It was like being on supermarket sweep (thankfully without Dale Winton).I think we had 6 full trolleys in the end and that was without the meat, fruit, veg and drinks. I just love food shopping so was in heaven all day. Supposedly we have far more food than when Paul did the trip last time...I wonder why that is?? Hope the boat doesnt sink.

Sorting out all the food into individual days/meals wasnt so much fun, particualry as we had to remove all cardboard and labels from tins because cockroaches lay their eggs there. The last thing we need is a cockroach infestation in the middle of the atlantic! We have some really yummy meals planned....pasta with tinned tomatoes, rice with tinned tomato, couscous with tinned tomato...but also lots of other stuff too. Chorizo is going to be in most meals to add a bit of excitment but Im guessing that I will never want to eat it again by the end of this trip. I have a steak with Roquefort sauce meal planned for halfway as a celebration.We are also hoping to catch some fish on our way...supposedly it is quite easy to catch Tuna and Dorado (?) which will be great.

Its my last day on dry land tomorrow and Im feeling most apprehensive about the lack of freedom and space. Hopefully once we get into the watch routine time will fly quite quickly. The first 3 - 4 days are supposedly the worst...any sickness should pass after this. I think 3 - 4 days is quite a long time to feel like death so not looking forward to that. I have super strength patches, tablets, ginger pills and wrist bands all at the ready...Ive learnt my lesson. Also been told to down 10 pepper corns so will do that too...anything is worth a try.

I wont be able to update this blog whilst at sea but we will have a boat blog on the arc website where you can also follow the boats progress on the tracker thing. We are hoping to beat pauls last record of 19 days...the shorter the better in my mind!

See you on the other side!
xxx
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Elaine on

Hey Sue, hope the sickness didn't last so long. Can't wait to read the next one. Go Girl...
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