Paderne -Portugal To Marbella Spain
Mot Due For Trusty end of May, so a leisurely drive back to the UK. We can get back in 3 days if we wanted but going to take 8 weeks and do it the long way round, Via our present location in Portugal along the coast of Spain,then France. Deviating on and off the set route at will. Or at least that’s the plan ! Starting from Paderne.
The Old Roman Bridge Below The Castle Paderne.
Today 20/Feb/18 .
The Bridge at Paderne (also known as “Roman Bridge”) is situated over the bank of Quarteira River, in the immediacies of the Paderne Castle
Above the central arch there is an inscription that refers the year 1711, probably relating to the year when some re-working of the structure and of the walls took place.But the bridge is definitely Roman
Were all excited, Packing out Trusty, and unpacking her, too much stuff not enough?? etc We are quite old hands at this, but no matter how much you try. We sneak extra stuff into her, thinking we might-will need it. I say Teresa has too many shoes, and Teresa says, I have to many tools.
(Psssst !!) (You Cant Fix Trusty with shoes) Wink Wink. Shoes may come in handy for a walk. But remember: A second class ride beats a first class walk, any day. Not That Trusty is second class,bless her..(had to put that in,or she will sulk)
Trusty says, if you’re in doubt about whether you need it. calculate the weight x the inconvenience of moving it around all the time x fuel. Solution?? Ditch It!! Well with that all done??
Did a final check on Trusty, all good, just the oil and filter to change, Just re-insured her and she’s ready to rock and roll
Wow. where did all this rain come from. It’s washed out the start date of our 2018 trip. We will delay a few more days till it improves per_sissing down outside, glad we are cosy and warm in side.
We are really off.
Left Paderne midday. A week later than we planned. Weather has been atrocious last 5 days, we were parked up at our friends villa for a few days till it blew over. the trouble is their drive is down a dusty track . The rain turned it to a mud bath, fearing if we waited any longer, we may not get out, we made a bolt for it transit and empty trailer first. Slipping and sliding Trusty pulled through it, next? The Bike.. But it rode through it OK. Loaded and 58 miles later, we are parked up on Castro Marim car park
Castro Marim 11/03/18
Spent last night here. pretty busy. Did a straight to it job, as we have done most of the spots on the way to here. in previous Journeys, although I will add more of them at a later date to the map..so keep your eye on that.
Aire with full facilities is 100 meters from us. Full when we got here. Water, black and Grey services are available
Weather is Grey and grim. today. 11/03/18 Just sorting breakfast, then getting ready to roll. Not sure where yet, crossing into Spain later, stop for fuel then sort the next destination
Popped across the bridge to Spain, On today’s destination. Got there around two, bit of a disappointment fenced Aire, too small for us and trailer. Would have had to unhitch The trailer in pouring rain..
Parked outside. but weather was awful and the town did not look very inviting. We moved on.
GIBRALEON. AIRE. (File Photo)
We are at present sitting on Lidl car park. Just one of those times on the road that dont go to plan. Ran out of time and patience after 3 different attempts at places to stop. All looked dodgy. We are in a place called Bolluios par del condado. Just of the A49
Good old Lidl to the rescue again.
Lidle seem to have an open door for camping cars, and they are always a good bolt hole if your stuck. I later found out we got clocked by a speed camera just up the road from here, 52k in a 50k. 50 euro fine if paid within 10 days or double if not..Buggers!! you can walk faster than the difference. , and Trusty was going down hill.
I’v been designated Cookie today. so A Beef stew on the menu. Just the thing when sitting on Lidl’s car park. Restock tomorrow when they open. It’s a rare sight me allowed to cook. and What A site it is !!! Enough to put you off yer Grub..
Ahhh Run !!
Today an epic run. 12/03/18
decided to head for the coast from Lidl. weather really good. So off we set, set the sat nav for an Aire close to Estapona 94 miles, and set of. Drove through some stunning scenery,
Through breathtaking View in the mountains. Great. OH No!!! what’s this !!!
50 bloody miles down the road in the middle of the mountains, Road closed no detour around possible. Typical Spanish thinking, bung a sign closing the road at the close and not 30 miles back when you could turn off.
I’ve no doubt that some where they have a website to tell you these things, but we don’t speak Spanish, some very irate cursing from Teresa ?? ( I don’t swear) Well not Much . I have a lot of faults, but being wrong isn’t one of them.
Quick frantic search on the sat nav, and a cross-country detour of 30 miles and that’s why we are here in Cammpillos 50 miles from where we wanted to be tonight