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Awaycation Winter Sun 2022 - The way home!

Alcocéber to Home!

After a week in the timeshare in Alcocéber we need to think about the drive home. We actually have 9 overnights to cover around 1100 miles. Whilst I'd like to consider the Somport and the A10 way home I am thinking that this might be a risk with the weather across the Pyrenees. Plus, I did it a fortnight ago in reverse on the bike!

What does seem more sensible would be to cross from Spain into France on the Basque coast at Irun. And then follow the non-toll route towards Bordeaux. The area south of the Gironde has been marred in the summer with terrible forest fires leading to major evacuations of the locals as well as holidaymakers. Temperatures had reached into the 40°s and the heat and dry conditions caused flash fires. By early to mid-December this shouldn't be a problem!

So where to go after Alcocéber? I am thinking that we head a little to the south before turning northwards through the centre of Spain to that border crossing with France. Reserving four overnights to get to Calais. One stop en-route to get Reggie's worming pill done. I have an overlay to Google maps that shows vets that can do the job. I will be emailing a few of them along the route once I have a rough plan.

Reggie needs to have the worming done between 120 and 24 hours before we hit the Port of Dover and disembark. I guess I could work it so that we arrive in Sarlat where he has been wormed before, in his old EU pet passport, in good time to get the job done. The return sailing is 1435 CET on a Monday!

So after we leave Playa Romana in Alcocéber I have booked two nights at a camping ground called Km Zero Camper Park in a place called L'Alqueria de la Comtessa to the south of Valencia near Gandia. It gets good reviews and with electricity hook-up it's €34 for the stay. It's dog friendly. I have emailed them to check what is open on site in the off-season. As long as we have electricity we are pretty much okay. We should have plenty of LPG onboard to cook etc. I am hoping that we won't need heating!!!! According to Pitchup there are supermarkets nearby.

So 7 more overnights to plan!

It looks as though Pitchup doesn't have many options for the drive up to Pamplona so it looks as though we will have to rely on the various apps that are available on the Android platform.

Google maps with the no-toll option shows that from Km Zero to Pamplona is around 336 miles. Given the back roads that will take all day and we don't want to be spending all day in the van. Adding Calais port into the equation it comes out at 1046 miles. Gulp.

On CamperContact I can see there are plenty of aires that are free. Some get really good write ups for safety etc. I am looking at Cella in Aragon. It's 156 miles from the KM Zero and we should get there in good time. An alternative is in Teruel. The camper site is opposite the Guardia HQ. Might be safe then.

So more work to do.

Posted by InvictaMoto 05:40 Archived in Spain

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