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..

The little beach by the lake where I sat enjoying the breeze.

Next it was onwards to Palencia. I had decided to stop over at the same Autocaravana services I had used the first night in Spain on my journey down back in October. Its a good location within walking distance of the shops and the city buzz, but as its beside a public park, is secluded enough for me to be able to relax and have a bit of peace and quiet. There are also other travellers there too which can be a good thing at times. Anyway it seemed like a good choice after my few days mostly on my own in the mountains.

When I got there, I found it to be much more busy than it had been back in October, in fact there were about thirty big white motorhomes in residence with mostly older couples on there way to and from other places. Plates from France, Germany, Holland, Spain, and GB were noticeable. Unusually I was the only small camper van there this time. There was not even a space for me in the parking bays, and I had to stay in a normal car parking space for the night. Next morning I was able to back up into an empty bay and open the rear door to the grass to cool the van - its a warm place Palencia.

As I had a few things to attend to at the Post Office, and to get in some more supplies, I decided that I'd stay on here for another night - Santander is only another 1 1/2 hours drive from here. I spent the rest of the day just relaxing and enjoying the heat, listening to music, and in the evening watching Spanish TV with my usb TV tuner for the laptop. I'd bought an extension cable for the aerial, so I was able to pick up a few more channels. Its rare to get anything in English with Spanish subtitles as films are all dubbed into Spanish, but its a bit of entertainment eh.

The 30 metre high statue of Christ known as El Cristo del Otero, the fourth tallest statue of Christ in the world, as seen from my passenger window on the way out of Palencia.

Next morning it was back on the road bound for Santander... Photo montage of the journey?

 So good yet so bad! Bought these in a spanish supermarket, yum!

These shots were taken near Santander were I parked up to pass the afternoon before the crossing..

The edge of Spain..

There's the ferry I'd be taking...

Finally made it to the ferry after a splendid cruise along the main strip at Santander - someone even leaned out of their car to take a shot of the Hiace.

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