Monday, 19 June 2017

South East Spain

After a steady drive in increasingly higher temperatures we reach Aguilas and top up with LPG
A new site beckons at Tortuga Mora, just along the road from Calabardina
Just €4.00 per night and right on the shoreline

The approach to Calabardina

Our little beach next the site

My lovely wife with curly hair...

Huge prawns are pan fried in garlic by yours truly

Madness ensues as we break out the bikes after weeks of gathering dust. My leg and back issues have eased enormously so we set off in baking lunchtime temperatures.
So why don't you go when its cooler? By the time we are up of a morning after grabbing sleep only from late night onwards due to the heat, its too late and the heat is on! In an evening its still high 20's at 9.00pm when its getting dark
So cycling will have to wait for cooler climes I'm afraid and short walks are the order of the day...

Mostly Ecuadorians and a happy bunch too, singing as we rode by

The temptation here is immense to pick and cycle off as there is no fencing and the water melons grow up to the road's edge BUT, look at the size of it!

A few days later and we move up the coast to a wonderful wild camping spot used a few months ago at Canada de Galligo right next to the sea and with just a couple of vans here now

We are buzzed from above

Time to go get the menu del dia at nearby Puntas de Calnegre on Max
At €10.00 each for a four course meal including beer and a coffee Nina makes sure she gets prime spot on the water's edge (We'd had a cheeky sniffter in a bar nearby earlier)

These 112 guys are busy dropping marker buoys off in the bay's inlet for small boats

Max is pressed in to action several times doing the run between idyllic camp to nearby beach bar

We relocate for four days round the bay to La Azohia giving way to a local 'pageant en route to the beach' as part of yet another 'Saints Day'

Hot Vanners...

This Bint believes in starting her kids off early with the smoking

Stupidity raises its head another day and we go biking in to Puerto de Mazzaron

Back at Canada again and we bike down to a newly opened beachside bar...

With rustic furniture

Tapas time again!

We are parked next to a derelict house overlooking the bay stretching round to La Azohia in the distance and we have made the decision to stay here a few days as the sea breeze gives relief during this current heatwave

Us, but on a hot day!

Stitching is the order of the day whilst I keep up to date on Brit politics and the state of my 'fragile' homeland. 

Beautiful sunsets and star gazing till the wee hours....

Its 10km to the nearest cash machine which means a welcome ride on Max only TBH its like putting your head in a tumble dryer ­čśé

The beach is a welcome relief as are several dips in the sea

We were due to go to Ricote today (monday) but common sense says stay put for another four days as we'd just get fried up in the hills....

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Three Dams

The 'Irish Contingent' are duly returned to Faro ready for their flight back to Dublin ahead of the rest of the 'In Laws' return the same day 

Thats it then....we survived the 'Family Thing'
Time to set course for Espana and some well deserved R & R

A return via Seville to Camphillos and a very pleasant two night stay gives us the base to go discover the nearby barragems

Our trusty steed...

The Guadalhorce dam and its fine masonry

A dog's life!

Big they were too...

Ah, here's a nice lunchtime surprise..
Restaurant El Kiosko, near the dam and next to the access path to the famous King's Walkway gorge ropewalk. A walk to be done another time as alas things are still dodgy in the sciatica dept

Super value this lunch and topped off with a €2.50 strawberry delight!

We move on and spend a few nights at this gem of a stop
Embalse de Francisco Abellan is a huge dam lying north of the Sierra Nevada near La Peza

Water levels are low as you'd imagine at this time of year 

A nice bar/pizza restaurant lying just 200m away provided us with several excuses to escape the heat of the day which is now touching the thirties most days....

The vast vertical excavation around the barragem is a wonder of construction but leaves me with apprehension as this 'stone' aint the hardest out there...
I remember the landslip at Pomarao earlier in the year

Big time concrete water run off for the barragem

The approach ramp (should it rain of course!)

Thats us perched above the return slope

So quiet and peaceful up here we decide on Al Fresco cooking
So paella it is then!

The bar also does kayak rental...

For only the second time in her life Nina takes to water
(a cat in a bath would be an appropriate comparison here)

That selfie nearly sank us BTW....

Max takes us down river next day to Presa de Quentar and the biggest dam so far

'Vast' would be a good description

Mr Vertigo did not like taking this shot....

The twisty roads in the hills on the way back provided an excellent opportunity for Nina to fill the phone's memory with pillion videos