Tuesday, 20 May 2014

First day of work from the camper van

Hi all,

I've just had my first day at work on the new job, basically a day of classroom training..

My spot for tonight

- I'll be working in the town of Bonar Bridge at the end of the loch for a few hours tomorrow getting some hands on experience. For those who don't already know, my job will involve reading gas and electric meters at homes and businesses in the west highlands of Scotland.

So for the rest of the evening I can cook dinner, relax and enjoy this view. It feels great that my job covers my fuel expenses and I can enjoy this beautiful part of the world and work at the same time.

Be well out there..

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Plymouth England to Scottish Highlands

Arriving back in the UK I was immediately struck by the crap weather, but even more so by the intense traffic congestion, even from the word go. I was suddenly in a van being pelted with cold rain, and trying to negotiate the Plymouth streets bumper to bumper with traffic. It took me almost an hour to get through the town centre and back onto the main road in constant rain. I didn't once see congestion anything like this driving through Spanish towns, everywhere being so spread out and the sun almost always shining.

I was soon on the way north, destination, the Yorkshire Dales to meet up with my friend Rob. I can tell you its one hell of a drive after coming off a 24hr crossing from Spain, to drive so far through England in one go - I was going to have to stop for coffee more than once to make it. We had planned to meet up at Blood Red Off Road in Hipperholme where Dave was putting the finishing touches to Rob's yellow Hiace Camper - you may have seen pictures of it on my Facebook page recently..

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Banos de Montemayor, Spain to Plymouth GB

Welcome back folks.. its been a while. With all the drama of the breakdown, the journey north through England, meeting and staying with friends, heading on to Scotland, deciding where to base myself, and getting an income organised, my writing fell by the wayside. I think today that things have found their place and its time to start sharing the story with you all again. I'll begin with the final part of my trip through Spain...
So after a few days on the road without an internet connection, I am now onboard the Pont Avon, on route from Santander to Plymouth docks. After spending the weekend resting and taking walks to the lake near Banos, Monday morning was crunch time for the van. The replacement water pump had arrived, and the guys were on the job by 9:30am on Monday morning. Within a couple of hours the engine was purring away and sounding good, and after running it for a while, and a test drive on the mountain roads I was good to go again. Great work by the mechanics at Auto Castro, Avda. de las Termas, 110, 10750 Baños de Montemayor, Cáceres.

 My friend each day over my stay in Banos..