Winter Expedition 2017-2018

User: Nicola.Blackledge
Dates: 9 Nov 2017 - 11 Dec 2017
Duration: 1 month

Our first big winter trip in Trinny our Adria Matrix Platinum.

Monday 11 Dec 2017 13:43

Nothing happened yesterday apart for a little maintenance so no post. To be honest not much happend today either. Move down the cost a bit, but weather here is pretty windy currently and had a small shower this morning. On a plus note Christmas decs are starting to go up and we seems to have picked up an asylum seeker. Found him clinging to the back of the van.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

Saturday 9 Dec 2017 13:30

Day 31. Where did that month go? Only 4 and a half left LOL. Sunny today, but a little windy so temp around 18 which is ok for a December day. Took a short ride around today to see what’s open. (not much as it turns out) found a great little restaurant that had it’s menu of the day which was 3 courses and a beer for €14 PP which considering the portion sizes was pretty good. Nic being Nic thought sh d give the cutter fish ago apparently having had it before (Turns out not had it before). LOL She was a little surprised when the monster from the deep was served up with chips. Still she gave it a good go.

Posted: Dec. 9, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

Friday 8 Dec 2017 12:29

Not much to add today. Move spots about a 45 mins down the road. Did a little shopping and that was about it. Not everyday fun and sun you know. LOL. Yep they are giant sized scratchings. (Baz).

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

Thursday 7 Dec 2017 17:25

Not much happen today a bit of work and then a quick bike ride out to see the sunset over Spain’s largest lake. Stunning.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 12:00

Great day back in Valencia. Seen some stunning modern architecture, sampled some of the local water (Hic). Spent a fortune in the Pintxos bar. Visited Hard Rock Cafe and bought Drum sticks and beer. Then made our way back to the site slowly visiting a few cafes/bars on the way. Only to find that the bar back a camp was still open. Would be rude not too. ;-).

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017, 11 a.m.

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 17:30

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 14:48

Leisurely morning in the MH and then a short ish bike ride into the local village for lunch and it would be rude not to have the local Valencian paella. Although the snails didn’t get eaten. Well one did and not by me.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Monday 4 Dec 2017 14:22

Today was filled with mostly site seeing. Well as much as you can with a recovering knee. Valencia central market is massive with just about ever type of fish,meat,cheese and fruit and veggies you could wish for. The building itself it’s a must stop if you this way on its own. The silk exchange was next with its impressive gothic architecture which gave you an insight into its glorious past. The cathedral is very impressive (as most are) with a huge range of decor styles due to chequered history. Found the Holy Grail very easy. So one up on Indiana Jones.

Then onto San Nicolas De BARI. Valencia’s Sistine chapel a 13th century Baroque Jewel which is absolutely stunning. A few coffees along the way and lunch was about it for today, but back in again tomorrow for more.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017, 1:22 p.m.

Sunday 3 Dec 2017 14:14

A few days planned for Valencia next. On a site just outside city. Not really our thing this site stuff, but has an easy bus route into city, EHU, WIFI and lots of lovely long hot shower water. Looking forward to seeing the sights sounds and having some great food with a few beers or so.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:30

A great trip around the Coves de Sant Josep in the kayaks. Nice to be able to do this as I can’t think of another place that would allow you to be so hands on with the rock formations in the caves.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 13:34

Overnight at the Caves car park before our kayak trip inside them later today. Very wind here at the mo and last night was freezing. Well outside anyway inside we was all toasty warm. Lazy morning as we’re saving ourselves for the 2 hours cave kayaking later. Any excuse. LOL.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 14:55

Lunch stop at a restaurant that has parking for MH’s.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017, 1:55 p.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 11:56

Decided not to stay by lake last night as it was very uneven and couldn’t be bothered to level her out. So headed off to a local stop free electric, water and dumping. Very quite stop.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 11:39

Great spot last night. Unfortunately hardly any phone signal and we have some work to do and the sun is so low this time of year we hardly had any on the MH and solar panels so have moved to the other side of the lake. Liking this view a little better and we have signal and sun. Win win.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 14:34

Wow what a great spot to stopover for a few days. We love a room with a view and it doesn’t come much better then this. Just don’t tell everyone. Opps just did.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 18:00

Last night here.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 5 p.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 12:30

It’s not all sun beer and beach. Domestic chores still have to be done. LOL.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 7:53

Day 20. Today is washing day. Exciting I know. Then to plan (ha ha) the next few days. Looks like we might do some cave kayaking on Saturday which is about 30 mins away so probably won’t move far today, but have to be off of where we are tomorrow morning. Max 48hr stay.
Great sky this morning to wake up to.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 6:53 a.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 16:49

Day 19 involved a cycle riding into Castellón de la Plana to check out the market. Which yet again we managed to turn up to late so there were closing up. On top of that most of them weren’t open on a Monday. LOL. We’re useless at this planing stuff. Guessing our working lives are so planned out so far ahead that we’ve kind of going the opposite way on this trip. Hey hum that’s was what we intended.
Back to MH for a chill.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 14:45

After another noisy night because of a local factory/building generator we headed down the coast a few miles to Castellón de La Plana where we yet again bumped into our new northern friends. Sandra and Ian.

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 17:30

Rerun Ride

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 16:30

Benicassim Town

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 15:30

Cycle ride to Benicassim today. Only about 9 miles each way, but still not bad for a cripple (Me) and someone who’s left bum cheek felt like it was on fire. Strange I know, but we are talking about Nic here. Anyway pic taken about half way there.

Nice town, but as usual for us intrepid adventurers we arrived at siesta time. Doh. Must remember the Spanish sleep most of the afternoon. ;-)

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 9:00

Moved back to the cost and a little further down last night as it was due to rain up in the mountains and we don’t do wet anymore. LOL. Stop is just a massive car park full of MH’s. Oh well it’s free and has a great cycle ride along an old disused train line just down the road a bit.

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 8 a.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 15:43

So today we decided to head in land a bit rather then more coast. Heading to the famous noir truffle town Morella.
Almost managed to get to the very top,but Knee started to play up so turned back. Gutted only 98 steps more up.

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 14:07

Checking out places for our next stop by bike before we try and get Trinny to them. Has potential.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 9:40

Workday today. It’s not all sun and beer you know. LOL. Mostly though.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 8:40 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 12:35

Into Peñíscola today for culture. Apparently the Castle was used in GOT.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 11:35 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 13:42

Day ? Whatever can’t remember LOL. Have decided it’s time for washing and few days on a site. Big fiesta here the weekend so may say till then. Nice little site and only €12 a night with elec with the ACSI card. That will do. Off on the bikes to Peñíscola for some culture.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 12:42 p.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 13:33

Riverside stop was to noisy as they had jets skis on the river so have moved camp. Peace and quite.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 11:04

After a couple of days at our last stop where we met Sandra and Ian from up North and had a great evening last night with a few beers and few nips of Kraken. We have moved on just down the road to a nice little river side parking area for the day and maybe night. A few others here as well and some other brits.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 16:37

Headed down the coast about an hour in amongst the rice fields.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 3:37 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 16:00

Food/beer stock up

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 3 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 12:09

Before we left our beach spot this morning we headed off for a small ride to the local town. Busy considering it’s winter.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 11:09 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:16

Day 8 consisted of doing nothing after the purchase of a new step and a side marker light that I broke getting out of a tight parking spot.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 11:53

Our next stop for the day and night. Could get used to this life

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 10:53 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:21

Off to our next stop a few miles down the road. Hopefully another beach side stop, but after we’ve been to the local camping place to buy a replacement step that someone (No names mentioned hey Nic) left outside when we pulled off way back up in the mountains.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:10

So time for a bit of culture so traveled for several minutes to the town of Tarragona. Breaking the bikes out and hitting the town. Hitting it my be a bit of an overstatement. :-).

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 13:27

So nice here we decided to stay. Have food/water/beer/wine for the wife and most importantly the sun. What more do you need. Flown the drone today so happy bunny’s all round.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 9:39

Breakfast on the beach in Mid November. If the rest of our trip is like this then we might just not come back. 2018 Bride and Grooms only joking.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 8:39 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:20

This morning was spent driving to our next stop, stocking up on provisions at good old Lidl and then onto our overnight stop. Arrived just after 14:00 and cracked a San Miguel. Beach side spot which in high season has several restaurants and a sailing club, but this time of year nothing open just a great view.

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Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 21:21

Huesca Over night just outside of town in dedicated MH bays. Free Water and Black/Grey disposal.
Very windy night and NO not me LOL. Quite noise stop

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Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:53

Sallent de Gallego.

Lake side stop 2-3 spaces. Nothing official no services. Very tight and tricky to get in. Had lunch and decided to head off just incase it snowed as we would not get out.

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Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 13:27

Quick pitstop for a cupper halfway up the Pyrenees. Some snow but not much.

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Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 18:00

Orion Up in the mountains and as usual for us can’t see a damm thing because of the bad weather. On to the next stop. Nice private Aire.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 5 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 13:52


Lunch stop. In between an Oyster farm. Like being back in Whitstable LOL.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 12:06

Dune du Pilat. Highest sand dune in Europe. Just the place for recovering from a knee opp. LOL.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 18:30

Another great little free stop. Nice town with a bar or two and restaurant and shops Stop is next to a police station so felt very safe. Yet again woken by church bells at 06:00

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 13:17

Pit stop for snacks for the journey.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 19:01

Over night stop before heading off in search of that big yellow ball in the sky.

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Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 16:03

First meal of the winter tour and it’s a fringing MC D’s

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 12:30

And we’re here

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 10:39

Sitting in the back of a train watching the sidings roll away. Sung to the tune by Otis’s Readding.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 9:30

And we’re off. Day one of our winter tour. Not sure how far we will go today, but aiming just north of La Mans.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Winter Expedition 2017-2018

User: Nicola.Blackledge
Dates: 9 Nov 2017 - 11 Dec 2017
Duration: 1 month

Our first big winter trip in Trinny our Adria Matrix Platinum.

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