Sheltering from Windy Weather!

We left Camping La Aldea on the 29th January at about 10.30am, I am proud to report the neighbours didn’t hold my “faux Pas” against me and did chat to us, they were a lovely couple also from the UK on their first 3 week trip abroad in their van, they told us how they had learnt so much about travelling abroad and how they had been caught out in the snow crossing the mountains, and that they had never seen so much of the stuff, there were metres of it, and how it’d really scared them driving in such conditions but they managed to get through, albeit nervously and they were now having a great time, they also told us how they were having some gearbox trouble and their van wouldn’t go into 3rd gear, all this after having a new gearbox and clutch just weeks before their travels. They had rung the garage and will limp it home to them next week, Pete did tell them it sounded like a simple linkage problem so hopefully it’s nothing too major for the garage to sort out for them…

Our journey was a fraught one today with very strong side winds, driving a high sided vehicle in side winds is not a fun or enjoyable thing… making the journey slightly nerve wracking as getting side whipped by strong winds can be a handful…

We had planned to go to a motorhome aire but to be honest when we got there nearly 4 hours later the place looked pretty scruffy, Pete looked for somewhere to park while I filled the water tank, but when he reported back it wasn’t quite what we’d expected and neither of us were really keen to stay… so cheekily we drove straight back out with a full tank of water, we felt pretty cheeky to be fair but their wasn’t any staff available so we couldn’t even offer to pay for the water, plus the site had one grubby looking toilet cubicle between approx 50 motorhomes, we didn’t even bother checking the shower cubicle, we were then told by a fellow camper that there was also a problem with the electrics on site and you would be lucky to get 3 amps, we had heard and seen enough for our liking, so off we set using our back up plan to a camp called La Rosaleda, in Conil du la Frontera, but first we planned to visit a garage that sold LPG at the pump to refill our gaslow bottles with gas, so armed again with coords, off we set only to come to a full stop and being forced to turn back on the journey by the fact that the town the garage was located in was now only accessible via tram!!! So after leaving the town off we set again towards the campsite, we shall look for LPG another day we will be ok for a while we still have an 11kg tank almost full on board so it’s not too urgent yet…

It took us a further hour and 30 minutes to get to the next stop after wasting another 30 minutes looking for the gas so we pulled into the campsite at nearly 5pm tired and hungry… We’d been on the road in strong winds for about 6 hrs…

The high winds have kept up and the vans taking a pounding, we are sat in the campsite at present with a view of the Atlantic sea in the far off distance and you can see just how stormy it is out there and just how choppy the waves are from here a couple of miles away, not a day for swimming in the sea I guess… So Pete found some exercise equipment instead to keep himself fit!

The storm has started to subside here finally after 2 or 3 days of strong gusty winds, we have one more night here before we move on, the campsite is fairly busy and pleasant enough but the pitches that were available to us are a little short for our vehicle to fit in and not in the most attractive part of the site, all the bigger longer pitches having already been snatched up, so our front end is just on the edge of the pitch and the lack of pitch length has made it nigh on impossible for us to level up so we are off skew level wise, which in turn gives you what I call the sea legs experience and sometimes issues with the gas appliances, the pitch that reception originally gave us we found to be unsuitable due to the fact there were three trees planted randomly, all with low branches spreading out all over the pitch and us being over 3 metres tall means we don’t mix well with lower trees and branches (perhaps the site needs to hire a tree surgeon, the trees haven’t been pruned in some yrs looking at them and a neighbouring caravan called wardens up to prune back a tree that was already causing damage to his vehicle) we then looked around the site at a few pitches which I pointed out would also be tricky to manuevour into due to concrete walls and again low overhanging tree branches, finally we found another pitch where the trees weren’t so much of a problem, we had to reverse in into it whilst now getting fairly close with the over head cab to some overhanging metal fence posts, Pete hadn’t even realised they were there and to be fair it’s hard to see this sort of thing from inside the cab, I managed to stop him just in time and pointed them out, otherwise we would have taken some damage from them if we hadn’t have been careful… Some campsites seem more like obstacle courses…

 

 

Finally we were tucked snugly into the pitch (just) Pete stood outside for a good 15 minutes looking at the situation whilst scratching at his manly beard… I could tell he wasn’t happy about the pitch and more unhappy about not being level, but by then I’d had enough we were pitched and that was that!!! I must admit some campsites with lots of concrete structures low hanging branches and their designs with sharp looking sticking out fence posts do make me scratch my head a little…

The campsite itself is well kept and the facilities spotless, it has free WiFi that has a pretty good signal, and I have heard of these but it’s the first time we have come across them… timed showers! You have 7 minutes of hot water and then if that is not adequate you have to wait 5 minutes before hot water becomes available again, the campsite is €17 per night with 4kw electric free per day any electric used over that amount must be paid for as extra.  The site has some lovely looking chalets which are priced pretty reasonably, a lovely looking pool but sadly out of season and closed, entrance to the site also looks good with good access.

We went food shopping on the bikes and hiked back with the shopping in tow in the doggyhut I almost got blown off my bike several times it was just so windy, but we then had food and we could chill out for the evening, I made 4 jars of strawberry jam that evening while we were waiting for the storm outside to subside… The next day I cycled back to the shop to get items I had forgotten the first time around and more importantly to replenish the beer and wine stock which we had drank the night before waiting for the storm to pass!!! We move on again tomorrow…

Hopefully we will have something a bit more interesting to report back on at our next stop…

Take care

Donna x

GPS Coords Camping Rosaleda N36.29343  W6.095417  €17pn + any extra electric costs