Posted by: glenswatman | April 11, 2007

199704 Spain France England

TUESDAY 1 APRIL 1997 – To GIBRALTAR. Big shop at Safeway.  Drove around island. Parked and walked through town.  Down at harbour overnight.

GIBRALTAR  – 151KM

 

WEDNESDAY 2 APRIL – Early morning trip up in cable car to Gibraltar rock to visit apes den and St Michaels cave.  Left Gib at lunchtime to return to SPAIN. Went to beach near Estopona and Camping Parquetropical late afternoon.  Swam in pool.

NEAR ESTOPONA, CAMPING PARQUE TROPICAL  – 69KM

 

THURSDAY 3 APRIL – On site until 12.00.  Drove to Puerto Banos for gas,  Dirk at Club Nautico.  Large bottle and small propane refilled.  Bought small camping Gaz 10,000 ptas in total.  West to Hypercor and bought chairs.  Drove to Banal Naturista beach.  Spent and hour or so on beach then drove to marina.  Went out for carvery meal with Peter, Heather, Alex and Luke.  Back at around 11pm.  David & I were poorly through the night.

BENALMADENA  – 94KM

 

FRIDAY 4 APRIL – Hot all day.  Lazy day on beach.  Still upset stomachs.  Evening stroll to local casino.  Chatted to Colin, Debbie – dancing show. 

BENALMADENA 2

 

SATURDAY 5 APRIL – All day on car park. Banal Natura beach disappeared under high tide.

BENALMADENA 3

 

SUNDAY 6 APRIL –  Peter left.  We drove to Granada to see Alhambra – free tickets on a Sunday.  Overnight back of beach Almeria.

ALMERIA – 377KM

 

MONDAY 7 APRIL – To Vera Playa.  Viewed apartments.  Dull weather.  Via Lorca & Alicante to very nice sandy beach at Campello.  Overnight at back of pebbly beach north of Benidorm between Altea and Calpe with 5 other vans.  Windy night with rain as well.

BETWEEN ALTEA AND CALPE 384KM

 

TUESDAY 8 APRIL – Woke up to rain and wind.  Rain stopped but still very windy.  Steady drive up coast. Stopped at Mas Y Mas to shop.  Problem finding overnight park.  Ended up on winding mountain road near Sitges in the dark.  Stayed at back of beach Castelldefels S of Barcelona.

CASTELLDEFELS – 509KM

 

WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL – Barcelona to Park Guell the Gaudi creation, excellent.  North via Costa Dorada to Costa Brava.  Lunch stop near Arenys de Mar by very nice long gold beach.  Into Blanes.  Warm but very windy.  Saw Camp La Masia where we previously stayed on Beachcomber holiday.  Into FRANCE first campsite poor so continued to Port Leucate with lots of other motorhomes free camping by side of lake, many were wind surfers.  Beautiful spot.

LEUCATE 314KM

 

THURSDAY 10 APRIL – Set off about 10am then stopped at vineyard to buy bulk wine.  Emptied our water containers and bought 2 x 5 litres (one red, one rose) 37FF each.  Spent day on Serignan Plage with cheese and wine for lunch.  Set off around 5pm but around 6pm had tyre blow out near Clermont L’Herault.  Very lucky to have 2 gendarmes pull up within minutes to help.  Ended up at a service station with TV so Steve and David could watch football but then found out it wasn’t being shown on normal French TV.  Good job as Liverpool lost 3-0 to Paris Saint Germaine.

NEAR CLERMONT L’HERAULT 204KM

 

FRIDAY 11 APRIL – Van wouldn’t start then smoke and noise.  Bright sunny skies to start with . New tyre 500FF.  Garage looked at other problem 20FF.  Set off up N9 to Millau then turned off up to the Gorges du Tarn, like a mini Grand Canyon.  Spent about 4 hours by side of river with dinghy then drove to Les Vignes village and up to Point Sublime for splendid view down gorge.  Very hot, not a cloud in the sky.  Ended up at service station between Massiac and Lempdes on A75/E11.  Showers and laundry available and parking.

A75/E11 BETWEEN MASSIAN AND LEMPDES – 222KM

 

SATURDAY 12 APRIL – Woke up to big oil puddle.  Van wouldn’t start and lots of smoke and noise when it did fire.  Into Clermont Ferrand, 1 hour at garage tightening fan belt.  Drove up to Pay du Dome volcano, used 3 ½ litres of water in van.  La Ferte St Aubin overnight by river.  Take away pizza and fresh strawberries for tea.  Nice Chateau in village.

LA FERTE ST-AUBIN – 390KM

 

SUNDAY 13 APRIL – Problem with van again.  Bobs bypass of the heater has come undone hence the need for so much water.  Steve did a botch temporary repair job.  Drove to Calais with shortstop for lunch and tea.  Arrived around 9.30pm.

CALAIS – 465KM

 

MONDAY 14 APRIL – Ferry to Dover ENGLAND then drove back to Yorkshire. Overnight on Sandras drive.

KEIGHLEY

 

TUESDAY 15 APRIL – Took van back to Madisons.  Visited Auntie Barbara & Uncle Ken in Blackpool.

THORNTON

 

WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL – Morning at Madisons then to Peter Hambiltons for overnight stay. 

PENWORTHAM

 

THURSDAY 17 APRIL – Spoke to Dave at Madisons but got nowhere.  To Wolverhampton to look at American motorhomes.  Liked one at Travelworld.  1995 Gulfstream Ultra £37,995.  Pete & Carols overnight.

NEWPORT

 

FRIDAY 18 APRIL – Business day.

NEWPORT 2

 

SATURDAY 19 APRIL – Steve to Worcester to help Pete with show.  Shopping with Mum, bought outfit for Claire’s wedding.  Evening at Netty’s.

MARKET DRAYTON

 

SUNDAY 20 APRIL – Day at Mums.

MARKET DRAYTON

 

MONDAY 21 APRIL – To Peters then to Keighley in Peter’s car. Stayed at Claire & Daz’s.

DENHOLME.

 

TUESDAY 22 APRIL – Decorating at Claire’s. 

DENHOLME 2

 

WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL – Called in at Peters and picked up Solifer.  To Wolverhampton to collect new van.  Bumped into a car just as we arrived.  Scratch on car but Solifer OK.  Difficult fitting everything into new van even though it is bigger.  Drove to Netty’s.

MARKET DRAYTON

 

THURSDAY 24 APRIL – To Keighley to park up outside Sandras.

KEIGHLEY

 

FRIDAY 25 APRIL – Lots of jobs to do around Keighley, sorting out new van and things for Claire’s wedding tomorrow.

KEIGHLEY

 

SATURDAY 26 APRIL – DAUGHTER CLAIRE’S WEDDING DAY.  Rainy day.  Drove to Denholme to help Claire getting ready.  Steve took motorhome to park near church then David Spooner brought him back.  Steve & I drove to church in wedding car with Claire.  2PM at St Pauls Denholme.  Mum arrived half way through service.  Claire left flowers at home and Dave Spooner nipped back for them.  Lovely service and Claire looked really nice.  My outfit got lots of compliments and Steve & David looked very handsome.  Photos in church as it was still raining.  Drove to reception with David & Bobby in van.  Traffic jam with people on bus stuck beside us all staring into the van at us in wedding outfits.  Grounded as we turned into the Hotel with a trail of cars behind us.  Reception went very well.  Steve’s off the cuff speech was very natural and sincere.  Really enjoyed it all and were last to leave with Claire and Daz at 1am.

BINGLEY, OAKWOOD HOTEL

 

SUNDAY 27 APRIL – Cleaned up Parkwood Street.  Balti with Richard etc in evening. Sandras drive overnight.

KEIGHLEY.

 

MONDAY 28 APRIL – Went to accountants.  Contacted Travelworld re airbags £350 kit + 2 hours labour = £416 + VAT = £488.80.

KEIGHLEY  2

 

TUESDAY 29 APRIL – To Penwortham.

PENWORTHAM

 

WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL – ? Air bags fitted and few jobs done on van.

PENWORTHAM 2

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