Our trip across the world didn't start the way we had planned. There was no setting sun ahead of us due to the fact we left 6 hours late and it was dark and cold. We didnīt make it to the end of the A12 (40 minutes down the road) without a drama. The bike cover was strapped to a side pannier and at some point fell off. We back tracked for an hour to look for it. Scanning the side of the road with your visor up and in freezing conditions is not our idea of fun and adventure. Needless to say we didnīt find it. We did find a blue carrier bag containing a magazine of questionable quality. I told Garry now was not the time to flick through looking at the pictures!
We made it on time to the ferry at Plymouth the next day after being soaked by pathetic English weather. But the sun came out as we set sail and we admit to feeling sad as England disappeared into the distance.
Arriving in Spain we were really excited and for the first time both felt the adrenalin pumping about travelling rather than about organising travelling. We had a nice ride through the mountains to our campsite at Cabuerniga (GPS coordinates: N:43.13.622, W:004.18.079), 50km south west of Santander. Great idea to camp in a valley with mountain views and tiny Spainish village - as long as you can actually see the moutains and it isnīt pouring down with rain 24 hours a day! To add insult to injury our matresses has a hole in it so we had a night of cold, wet and hard ground (and salt in the wound - no hot water for a shower!!). Ok we are being very negative but in our minds now things can only improve.
Tomorrow we head south towards Portugal - sun and blue skies (fingers crossed anyway).Posted by Garry Scutcher at April 28, 2005 05:43 PM GMT
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