Woodbridge to Huelva, without much indication

So I set off to first Barcelona, to visit my storage space, and then on to my brother’s place just outside Huelva. As I left Woodbrige, I picked up an issue with Rayquaza’s left hand indicator, in that it came on, and did not want to turn off.

I had a guy come to the roadside to have a quick look, but he was convinced it was the actual stalk in the steering wheel column, that was worn (apparently a common issue) and went back to my spot in Woodbridge, tail between legs.

But…drumroll, next morning when I wanted to take Rayquaza to a local mechanic, the problem was gone! Go figure. Luckily Eurotunnel is quite flexible in situations like these and I could get a train crossing a bit later that day. However, 5 minutes from reaching the check-in, the problem started again. And this cycle of events repeated itself, all the way to the South of Spain. I’ll spare you all the incidents but let’s just say I had plenty of people flash their lights at me (to tell my I left my indicator on) and I became really good at removing the light bulbs in record time, driving for 10 minutes, and putting them back, which seem to solve the issue. It’s still not fully resolved but it’s clear it’s an electrical connection issue rather than then switch in the steering wheel column.

Apart from that, Rayquaza drove like a dream, provided great heating at night and the new table layout works a treat!

Anyway, the journey here. I had a stay over in Calais which I won’t talk about but wow, from there I could make it to sunny Santa Susanna after a roadside stay over in France.

I absolsulely love the campsite I use at Santa Susanna. I’ve been a few times but you can literally camp about 3m from where the waves crash onto a golden beach. Short unedited, no sound video:

Even better, the environment to run there is just perfect and I did some of my best running for a while.

After a quick stop in Castelldefels (just parked near my old apartment) and visiting some of my friends and getting totally depressed at the state of my storage space (and all the cr** I have in there!) I set off to my brother’s place just outside Huelva, in the very South of Spain, a 2 day trip. On the way there one passes some barren spots, but it did make for great sunset/sunrise scenes. Here’s a spot where I pulled over for breakfast.

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In the end, broken indicator or not, it was a good trip and the roads where quiet, and the company great – thanks Olli!

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Here in Andalusia it’s absolutely perfect winter weather and we’ve done bike rides to Portugal for lunch (!), and plenty of running, including some challenging hilly runs.

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I’ve literally parked in a quiet side street outside my brother’s place and interestingly, have been using Rayquaza solely on 12v (topped up with solar during the day) and gas (for the fridge and heating at night) and it’s been absolutely fine. Wild camping is no problem!

And so it’s time for the next chapter in my, Rayquaza’s and Olli’s life – we’re getting a new permanent resident later this week!

Oh my. But that’s news for the next post. Till then, safe travels!

Seeking warmer climates

I’ve been using the UK as a base for Rayquaza whilst I traveled to Asia and Australia and spent the last few days preparing for a much anticipated return to Spain.

I decided to take out the main dining table that came with the motorhome as it is very heavy, too big and consuming much needed floor space with its big leg.

Typically this table offers a second bed but I never use that option anyway, and the replacement is from a UK comany (Teak Marine) which can swivel in a number of ways. (and lock in place)

It also makes much better space for Olli to be more out of the way and all in, a great change.

I also managed to update the “garage” and put some shelves in, and had some clearing out.

So, all set for the warmer weather in Spain. First stop is Castelldefels just outside Barcelona to visit old friends and collecting / dropping a few items at the storage I have there.

Then I’ll head further south to near Huelva, my brother Melt lives, and I’m likely to make that area the base for the winter.

Whilst it’s going to be great to be back in the road, I did enjoy being back in Suffolk albeit briefly. The opportunities for running in this area are endless and I managed to capture this picture along the river here in Woodbridge on one of my runs.

I am however looking forward to being back on my old running track along the beach in Castelldefels which ends at the marina, where I can continue dreaming about the next step after motorhome living….

Porto!

I’ve been UK based for a bit but doing a few work trips from there, the most recent being a trip to Ireland and instead of coming back directly to England I escaped to Porto for a romantic weekend away with my better half.

I did go via Lisbon and after seeing a client there we took a fast train (AP) to Porto, which took 2 1/2 hours and was super nice.

We also got lucky with an Airbnb find which was usually booked, but which must have had a cancellation. Smack bang in the middle of the town with most of the major attractions short walks or uber rides away.

It was a mostly culinary weekend with some sightseeing, as both me and the boyfriend love good food, and there is plenty of that in Porto. And almost around every corner is a great view.

It’s a magical place to visit and I would highly recommend it. I’d also recommend you try eat dinner at Yuko Tavern where you can try the very traditional and amazing Franceshina dish. Tip: don’t eat lunch if you’re going to do this for dinner. You’ll need the space….

Another super thing to do is Sunday “brunch” at Champ’s de Baixa Bistro which serves an incredible brunch menu with wonderful food and a superb atmosphere. Lucky me to have had all of this pre-arranged by my guy 😀

Overall Porto is an incredibly romantic city and it’s somewhere I’ll be back, for sure. Quite conveniently I can fly our of Porto direct to London Gatwick. I’ll let the pics below tell the rest of the story.

Italy to the UK

I left Andrea and his wonderful town of Pieve di Soligo and routed through the Austrian alps to Germany.

Wow. What an amazing routing. I’ll simply have to come back and do this at a far more leisurely pace as clearly there is plenty to explore.

The scenery was stunning and I can imagine the drone footage to be shot here!

On the Italian side, I stopped at a petrol station that even had a dedicated area for motorhomes complete with electricity (seemingly free) and some lawn space. I’ll write about this as a review but it’s the first time I saw something like that. Certainly very easy to sleep over there on a longer journey.

I made my way to Germany where I paid a quick visit to my friend Kiki, and it’s obvious I’ll have to go back and properly explore the beautiful town of Rottweil. (this is becoming a theme, clearly, wanting to go back to places…)

Then a stopover in Menz, France, using the superbly located municipal campsite there.

Before the crossing on the very efficient Eurotunnel, I usually stay over just outside Calais, and was greeted with a superb farewell sunrise this morning.

Farewell to the Continent for now, I’ll be back soon. For reasons other than just scenery, let me assure you.. Portugal beckons! 💘

Leaving Eastern Europe

The summer in Europe is coming to a quick end… All of a sudden you need to put a jumper on at night.

But what a summer. If you saw my video featuring some scenes from Lake Balaton you’ll know I had an amazing time.

That was however nothing compared to me ending up hopelessly in love with a rather special guy from Portugal, and me concluding my summer with a visit from him and the subsequent wonderful realisation that I’m now in a relationship. Which if you know me, is a very rare situation for me to be in.

He’s back in Portugal now but we are working on some options. I suspect however Rayquaza will be touring in Portugal more than initially planned!

I’ve now left Hungary and stopped over in Maribor on the way back to Pieve di Soligo in Italy, to visit my friend Andrea again and have some more tweaks done to Rayquaza. From there I plan to visit my friend Kiki in Germany, and eventually head over to the UK, where I will be based over September and October whilst doing some international travel.

The campsite I’m staying at in Maribor is one of my favourites and I’ll post a more detailed review of it soon.