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post #91 of 110 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 19:11
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No, it's definitely been tampered with - the surrounding metal is warped. I can see there are bits of metal across the key channel about half a cm in.
Sorry to hear that , but looking on the 'glass half full' perspective , at least they didn't get in and no real damage done.

PS Are you continuing Sth into Spain or heading across the Pyrenees ?
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Yes, I'm quite sanguine about it Alan.

I decided to get a bit of a move on into Spain, if I want time to see anything of Portugal.
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After the discovery of the lock-tampering I found neither of my cards would work to pay for the diesel! There was an ATM outside but that wouldn't work either. He was blaming the signal... Anyway, I was glad to find I had enough in cash. Not sure what would have happened otherwise.

Going through the border the customs pull MHs out of the 'nothing-to-declare' line so you have to say it face to face. He was quite taken aback to hear I'd bought nothing but diesel.

Going in to Spain the initial reaction is how arrid it looks. I know that's how Spain is but it still comes as a shock after the verdant scenery of France and Andorra.

I tootled down a mix of roads, playing my Spanish language CDs on the motorway - I think it's a few years since I played them. It all came back, but the problem is PRODUCING it from nothing.

Got to Guissona which I'd picked up from Park4night (nearly all my stops are) - it was parking beside a massive food store with a huge café where you can eat all you want for €5. They've fresh meat that you cook yourself on very hot plates. It was indeed excellent value but I think I prefer to be served! My HF Clarity card worked this time but took forever; after about 5mins I asked security n he asked was the card English-based? Oh well, it'll take forever.... A taste of things to come?!

There wasn't a great deal to see in the local town. There was a 'Gate of the Angel' which had been built in the town walls in the middle ages from stones from the old Roman fortifications - you can still see that many of the stones had important carving on them. I always wonder what happened to culture and learning between Roman times and the Middle ages or later.

The parking was clean, serviced but rather sterile. And a bit noisy at times overnight.

I then made my way down to Vilanova i el Geltrú where old friends Sally n Don are ensconced on a permanent pitch. How lovely to see them again, and the craic was mighty.... Not much else to report really!!

This morning we walked into Vilanova (1.5hrs?) for Sally's hair appointment - and a coffee of course! Good to know we could get the bus back up!

The site is a great place for long-terming with lots going on, especially over the summer months. Quite different from the aires I usually find myself on!

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Oops! And we were talking so much that the only pic I took in Vilanova was from the site bar area.

I'm now at Calaceite, and loads of pics but will write that later.

No more problems with the card - except an awful lot of the ATMs here charge for use of their machine - Santander wanted to charge €5! On my 3rd ATM they wanted just 62¢ so I decided to take it - the last of the big spenders!

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The 1st part of my drive today wasn't very inspiring - slow route going through the coastal towns but the uninteresting part with all the big commercial sites n massive billboards - it always feels a bit driving in an American movie 😉 But after I got past Torredembarra and Tarragona, I moved inland and could see the hills n all was well. (You may be relieved Terry to hear that the weather was pretty grey n damp when I passed Torredembarra!)

I'd originally thought of stopping in Caseres - then realised that the large choice of stopping places was actually at Caceres! So, change of plan n I came to Calaceite. What a little gem of a place! - lots of interesting architecture, and the Juan Cabré museum which is free. Although there are no English info boards I could pick up the gist of it, and the 18th century building was interesting.

The tourist information office was closed till further notice but I was able to take a photo of the map and the information which made the walking so much more interesting.

But when I first got out of the van to explore there was a pretty mange-looking ginger cat, desperate to rub itself on my legs which I kept avoiding. Then it bit me! I came back in and dosed it with vinegar, then sherry (the strongest alcohol I have) then put sudocreme on it. I checked with the Dr and I had a tetanus injection in Oct 2010 so that should still be effective. Anyway, I shall keep an eye on it.

And at the other end of the day a French van came in - and despite there being LOADS of room, came n parked within 3' of me, taking my light n my view 😡

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Spain here I come

Hi, Enjoying a catch up on your travels as I have recently moved house and area here in Spain etc.
Just back from a trip to Ronda which is a good visit if your cutting through Spain above the usual coastal route.
I guess you know but, Sygic like some others can mark your vans position for you if you need it. Sygic is my favourite.
Anyway, happy travels
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Thanks Terry (?) - had a look at Ronda but won't be that far south this trip. I'm heading more or less west to take in Toledo then on to Portugal.

I do have Sygic Truck but am still trying to get to grips with it. I'm travelling with both that and the TT camper going - yesterday sygic found quite a few roundabouts that have obviously been superceded by flyovers, and missed a roundabout that was there.

Today I was headed for the mining museum at Escucha then realised I'd arrive too late for the morning session but too early for afternoon so decided to stop at Alcañiz.

Pulled up beside an English couple who have a house nearby but use their MH to investigate. First ones to voluntarily mention Brexit - they're leavers and even more determined to leave now than before; small is beautiful. He used to work in Brussels so has some idea of how things go there. Again, immigration is the key thing.

Alcañiz church is beautiful. They've quite a few of the 'biers' (not sure what they're called) that they carry through the streets in Holy Week. I was particularly impressed with a statue of Mary, holding Jesus after the crucifixion which showed some sense of the desolation any mother would feel in that situation; and a crucifix, fairly modern I think.

They're busy cleaning the ayuntamiento with laser beam - at least I think that's what it is: a gun pointed at the stonework that zaps repeatedly with a spark. I thought they'd concluded that damaged the stonework?

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