Tuesday, 26 June 2018


We duly arrive at La Hoya and receive a warm welcome from Rudy & Dorine

A couple of days after arrival we decide to treat the resident camper folk to an afternoon cake and coffee session to celebrate Nina's Birthday

My Hawaian wife

Rudy and Dorine are invited along to her birthday meal out at a local restaurant called The Grill House and we all have a great night

Beat this for a wholesome chunk of beef, a whopping tasty T Bone each for the guys after earlier cocktails and starters

The Subeas are dusted off and we settle down to a month's stay at Casa Rudo where the pool temp reaches a perfect 29 degs

Of course its not all loafing around as we have a lot to do whilst here
Yet again the kitchen sink is removed to replace the feathered rubber seal ready for sale when we get back to the UK
Looking around the van it apparent there's much that shows signs of ageing and we are pleased that the time has come to swap vehicles
I've lost count of the number of times I've rethreaded the door flyscreen!

One saturday night Dorine does my personal favourite, chicken, prawn and sausage paella

We spend some time locally winding down the days until Emilja & Richard arrive
This is nearby Santa Pola beach reached by Max

Fish being offloaded throughout the day harbourside

Looks a cool Ted but it was too hot to sit next to him

Ok the moment arrives..
We are left in charge of Casa Rudo and I practice my best Rottweiler impressions during the week that our hosts are away on holiday

I become well versed in all things pool related, from Ph balances to chlorine tablets to robotic cleaners
The work had to be done early doors as by 9.30am its nudging 30 degs...

They're here!

And we are soon eating more T Bones

and paella...

Just parking the car dear!
(Rudy kindly lent us his B & B hire car for the week)

'Harold' was the inflatable surprise for Emilja

But Richard had other ideas

The diagram stated one small child, defo no adults..

One fed up Harold and slowly dying unfortunately from his abuse

An Arabian Knight?

'Tyred' but looking good

Harold makes a comeback

World Cup dinner

Our last night with our hosts at La Vuelta restaurant capped off a very pleasurable stay this year

Several decisions were made here by both parties (Belgian & English)

Right from breaking the news that our new touring home would be substantially larger than our current arrangement Rudy had his thinking cap on

The first day we arrived he broke out his 20m surveyors tape and had me helping him measure up the road outside, his gated entrance and his front garden/driveway
I kept shaking my head knowing that locating a 39ft RV on the front of his property each year was going to be a non starter. My reservations were about access way down the street from the main road tbh and also the awkward sight of a bus blocking his hacienda view
Rudy wasn't fazed by any of this...

A few days later we are summoned for cocktails and he breaks the news that he's going to demolish some walling, remove a palm or two and erect dismountable green panelling to enable yearly visits by the soon to be Brit RVers....

We are gobsmacked but enter, after much consideration, in to an arrangement where we will stay each year in the month of June and housit to enable these guys to take a well earned annual holiday

This will suit us just fine and we will adapt our travel plans and itinery each year around this commitment. Our intended Greek trip will still go ahead later this year hopefully and we'll pick up Casa Rudo next year after traversing the Med in the spring
Well its a plan anyway....

Sunday, 17 June 2018

A trip inland

We now have time on our hands and so much to organise and plan

Our housesitting stint and stay at Casa Rudo is a way off yet so we decide to take to the hills and discover some of the region in and around the Cazorla National Park

A few more days are spent down at Puntas walking the beautiful coastline

We are invited to the local cafe by Juan our site host to witness some of his guitar magic one evening with the bonus of him playing with a local guy who was really talented

The trip inland was very rewarding with some beautiful scenery to be had

We choose a spot with a newly created aire at Riopar and find ourselves in the middle of a Spanish motorhome rally for the weekend

Leaving so many vans behind we trek off in to the local hills

Now thats a cone!

A drive to a large car park near Santo Tome proved very interesting in many ways...

Close by there's a superb 8km walk up a huge stunning valley or gorge to be precise complete with crystal clear flowing river

At this point and of course before we see the best parts the phone battery gives up on us and forgetting the battery pack proved a costly mistake...

Getting out the car park two days later was a Mare!
A steepish access road with running water on it would be doable with Max out the trailer and empty tanks I thought
Not to be...
The Spanish visitors had no real idea what was going on as we squeezed out the narrow entrance to the site and charged the hill all guns blazing!
Just yards from the top and with water under the wheels a car blocks my escape and we suffer the dreaded wheelspin!
Oh for a Dieselpusher!

A well executed reverse back down and some cursing eventually led to me seconding a guy and his big SUV on his way in to tow the trailer up the incline for me
Not the incline but the arrival of hundreds of visitors stumped me here so another car park lesson learned...

Next up was Cazorla

What a beautiful town this turned out to be

Bit of a cycle fan then...

A few days in and we are joined by chums Vivienne & John together with 'Brexit' (Bracken) their pooch 

Obligatory Menu del Dia on the town square

A note to Deb...
This is your match!
The Chatathon went on for days 😂😂

No peace tonight then!

Guadix near our favourite spot on the dam at Cortes y Graena proved to be a nice day out

Down on the coast at Cabo de Gata and the heat is building

San Jose done on Max

After a full weekend spent at Murcia moving northwards we decide to spend several days back at Jalon where we can get some quality walks in

Hot walking bunnies...

We rescued this fella from an invitable roadside squishing...

Calpe proved a distraction from all things RV research related

The weather is bang on now and we slow the pace down to adjust to the increasing daytime heat

Next stop now is La Hoya and an RV with friends Rudy & Dorine and our first 'House sit' at their lovely home