Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
52Trip End Dec 11, 2007
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We were in desperate need of filling our water tank, so stopped at a garage and started to fill up. At which point we realized that it wasn't drinking water, so then had to sterilize our tank. We found somewhere else where we could fill up and as we were waiting to do so, we watched an Italian man struggling with his hose and getting completely soaked. We were laughing at him, until it came to our turn and exactly the same happened to us!
I drove Murvi for the first time. It's a complete monster to drive! The clutch is so heavy that changing gear is a work out. The handbrake is even worse, if only I could use both hands to put it on. The steering wheel is gigantic, nevermind the size of the rest of the vehicle. It's so wide that I was petrified of falling off the road or hitting oncoming traffic. Luckily the road was very straight with hardly any traffic. It was fun and scary at the same time. Hopefully it will get easier with practice.
We drove over the border into Portugal just north of Braganca. The road before the crossing was a scenic route over rolling hills. The roads were narrow and windy, climbing up and down hill. At the border all that is left of passport control is a derelict building and you are free to drive straight through.
We had planned to stop at Braganca, but it looked unappealing (lots of ugly modern buildings with no charm) so we drove on to Mirandela. We found a campsite 2km outside the city centre. Most of the facilities were closed (i.e pool and shop) because we are out of season, but it was fine for an overnight stop, basic but clean. We went into Mirandlea in the early evening, but after wandering the streets we couldn't find much action, so we spent the evening at our campsite drinking cheap red wine (which wasn't too bad) and eating chestnuts (which were nice until I started to find insects in them).