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And we are off...

After a year of false starts, at last we were ready. I quit my job, there was definitely no turning back now.

A few days with my parents , and we were Plymouth bound and the ferry to Spain with Grommet, our Landrover 101. After some curious looks from Customs at Plymouth and Grommet was safely on board the latest and largest boat in the Brittany Ferries fleet.

18 hours of tranquil sea later, we disembarked in Santander, Northern Spain.

The adventure had really begun, and neither of us could believe it.

Six hours and some four hundred kilometres later, we arrived at Blanca's parents' apartment in the heart of Madrid, near the Bernabeu Stadium and Real Madrid football club no sign of Becks and Posh though.

Time for some rest and relaxation, and catch up with some friends. It also gave me a chance to inspect 'The Beast', our 1963 Land Rover V8, which is in storage there while we are away. It was very hard to resist the temptation to take it for a spin.

Rest over and with Grommet full once more and we were off to Malaga and the south of Spain. The Autovia del Sur is a fairy gentle run of rolling hills and flat planes which suits the heavily laden 101 well.

600 kilometres later and at last we were in La Cala de Moral and Blanca's parents beach house on the outskirts of Malaga. Time for sun, sea and tinto de verano (red wine and lemonade). Blanca could catch up with the gossip while I finish the preparation of the 101 that the English weather had thus far prevented me from doing. Extra lights, the split charge system, auxiliary batteries, internal fan, fridge, the soft storage system, the matrices made by some friends down here in Malaga, air the tent, try out the awning and repair the diff lock, the list seemed endless.

While in Spain we decided to take a trip to Los Canos de Meca on the Atlantic coast and visit some friends and try some alfresco camping.

The camping went very well, and compared to our hippy neighbours we were defiantly 5 star, with the awning up and table and chairs out. What a feeling to wake up open the side doors and have the ocean kissing the shore just across the dunes.

All too soon it was time to return to La Cala and finish the work on Grommet and we still had to fit in a planed trip to Almeria as well as Cordoba before my parents and some friends arrive to see us off in October. With every thing going according to the plan next stop will be Morocco and Africa.



Safe on Board


Spain


No room at the Inn


The preparation continues


The View!


The View!


"Trafalgar Cape"