Seeking Winter Sunshine

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  1. MrJinks

    MrJinks Read Only Funster

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    Happy New Year to all.

    Have been down here in Denia for a week now but seen little of any sunshine. The first couple of days were great but has been rather cool & cloudy since. I suppose with temps of around 13 shouldn't complain after the freezing conditions we left behind in UK & France.

    Left Dover on 23rd Dec after pondering whether to wait a few days. I should have done. travelling through France was awful. I was expecting the worst in the north but journey to Rouen was fine. It got much worse as we headed south. Was heading towards Aire in Brezolles for first night but the weather closed in .....heavy snow and wind blowing it across the roads making it difficult to see the roadsides & markings. Found the Aire but full of deep snow and on an incline:Doh: Now getting dark so decided best option was head towards motorway, Being first major trip in RV & LHD I was not very happy. Eventually reached motorway after many miles of horrible driving conditions. It was impossible to stop or even pull off the road due to the snow.
    Carried on driving to Orleans to try to get beyond the snow but it never stopped. Eventually stopped on motorway aire for a few hours sleep in the chair. Headed off before daylight as snow had stopped. Motorway reasonable but often only one lane clear. Stopped again for breakfast after which it started to rain:Eeek: Instantly froze on road and RV. Seriously thought about turning back!!!

    We never lost the snow and ice till Narbonne. Headed for Leucate Plage aire to overnight where we were greeted by 60mph winds. Lovely spot but we were buffeted all night. We had planned to stay there 2 nights to recover & have Christmas dinner but much too windy. Scared of damage to RV.

    Eventually made it into Spain and much better conditions. Stayed in a carpark/wasteground near Tarragona for Christmas night and cooked our roast chicken Christmas dinner & Christmas pud in the sunshine:thumb:

    Got to Camping Los Pinos in Denia a day early because of the non-stop driving. Not really a suitable site for RV. 24 point turn to get into the only space suitable. Have been made very welcome though. Met up again with a couple of full-timers in 5th wheeler that we met in October. We are off tomorrow to Camping Florantilles in Torrevieja and plan to stay there for a month. They have assured me I will fit on site OK.......we will see tomorrow:Eeek:

    My nerves have just about recovered so hopefully all will be well :BigGrin:

    Happy Travels
     
  2. John & Joan

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    Hi MrJinks

    We are just down the road from you. The weather is looking better for the next week and the days are about to become longer instead of shorter.
    http://www.eltiempo.es/cartagena.html

    We are here until end of April.

    John
     
  3. mikebeaches

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    Hi John - are you and Joan enjoying El Portus? Had you been before?

    Hope you have a good time - we like it there.

    Regards, Mike and Sue
     
  4. Brightspark

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    Hi Mr Jinks, congratulations for getting through France what an horrific journey you had. We also drive a Fourwinds Hurricane so it was good to read your story. You have mentioned a couple of aires we are hoping to stay in on our return from Spain at the end of January and you have confirmed my thought that it really is a gamble as to what awaits you as you turn the corner into each aire!
     
  5. MrJinks

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    Have moved down to Camping Florantilles near Torrevieja. Excellent site. Lovely big pitches that would accommodate 36ft easy. Although I think the site has a limit of 10m. Lovely clean facilities, peaceful surroundings and wall to wall sunshine since we arrived :thumb:
    I had read that it was close to motorway but we have hardly noticed it

    Many here for the whole winter. I booked through the Caravan Club and only works out at £7.60 per day although have to pay own electric. Only negative is there is no wifi on site. Today bought a PAYG dongle from Carrefour. 19 euros plus 1euro per day for 100mb. Works well so far

    Managed to fill up with LPG in Alicante no problem. Thanks to Olleys lpg locations.
     
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    glad to hear you got on there, the motorway at that stretch is quiet( toll stretch) most of the traffic comes off before the toll at crevelente and goes back at the mil palmeras junction after the toll finishes.
     
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    Glad to hear you got there safe and sound driving any thing tat size in snow can be entertaining.

    Have a great Vacation enjoy the new RV and have a great new year.

    All the best Rick & Rosie
     
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