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About Jaydug

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    Epsom, Surrey
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    Citroen C5-X7
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    Avondale Rialto

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  1. Jaydug

    Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 15

    Good to hear you're safely home and it was nice to meet you too. There were three new blog followers turn up at El Pino this year. I'm on the last leg of my journey north. Ferry on Sunday. Home late Monday night.
  2. Jaydug

    Battery and Fridge

    My fridge has a selector switch for gas, 240volts and 12volts. Just a matter of selecting. The 12volt connection doesn't have a thermostat.
  3. Jaydug

    Possible new visa cost ??

    ....................................they might end up throwing the baby out with the bath water. GB is at the top of the list for sending tourists to Spain. Nearly twice as many as Germany who is in second place. When tourism accounts for 16% of their GDP they've got to tread carefully. It's a fickle industry.
  4. Jaydug

    Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 15

    Thank you. It's going well with some good weather. Moving on again tomorrow.
  5. By mid-week, the weathermen were forecasting high winds and heavy rain for the Costa del Sol after the weekend. Certainly, by Saturday the view out to sea was looking very stormy. In view of that, I thought it advisable to take down my awning on Sunday, ready to leave on Tuesday. Saturday morning was spent cleaning the kitchen equipment and emptying the awning ready for packing away the next day. I was most grateful to see Willy and Jim come down to lend me a hand. By 11.15, everything was bagged and put in the car. Monday’s rain didn’t arrive. In fact, it was a pretty decent day. In the afternoon, I took a stroll around the site to say farewell to lots of friends I’ve met over the years. I found Willy working on his latest pebble model. You probably recall I wrote about his hobby in an earlier chapter. His current job isn’t finished yet. He still has the rider to make to complete it. My sailing is on Sunday afternoon from Santander, so leaving on Tuesday gives me a leisurely journey of around 160 to 200 miles each day with time for a bit of sightseeing. So for the first day, with a departure at around 9.15 from El Pino I expected to arrive at Santa Elena in time for a late lunch. Within two miles of leaving the site, I was on a toll-free motorway which continues all the way to Santander. After nearly 100 miles I pulled into a filling station for a coffee break. I didn’t need fuel but the site has a large lorry park where caravan parking is easy. Once refreshed, I didn’t stop again until I reached Santa Elena. I booked in at Camping Despenaperros which is situated at the far end of the village in Calle Infanta Elena. The site entrance has a double arched entry which with long outfits needs some care in entering. Pitches are level and all under trees without any boundary markers. Each pitch has an adjacent electric point, water tap and drain connection although some of the electric sockets need attention. Electricity for the pitch is switched on at reception so if the supply is accidentally tripped, you maybe be in trouble since reconnection requires a visit during office hours. The toilet block is centrally placed on the site and all the facilities are modern and in a clean condition. However, whilst toilet rolls are provided, none of the pans are fitted with seats. Free Wifi is available over most of the site. With my ACSI card, I was charged €18 for the night. That’s a 1Euro increase since November. After a quick lunch, it was still only 2.30 so I thought I would go and have a look at Cimbarra Falls, close to Aldeaquemada. It’s in the next valley and only 10 miles away as the crow flies but via the mountain road, the journey takes 20 miles. As the road twists ever higher, looking back there are some spectacular views of the tunnels and viaducts which now carry the A4 motorway across the Despeñaperros Gorge. The twisting road passes through woods filled with a type of oak trees which produces cork. A cork oak must be at least 25 years old before its bark can be harvested. Its cork can then be stripped every 9 or 10 years after that for as long as the tree lives. Eventually, the road drops again and one arrives at a small, scruffy looking town. From there, an unpaved road goes through olive groves and finally ends at a parking spot. A circular route is a scramble over rocks along the edge of the ravine before arriving at a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. Because of a dry few weeks, not much water was falling. To return to the site I drove along the old A4 which first weaves its way down one side of the gorge, along the bottom, then up the other side. It was a nostalgic drive – I couldn’t help but remember times past before the viaduct was built when the road was filled with nose-to-tail, crawling HGVs. I was ready to leave Santa Elena by 08.30 and took a coffee break at my usual filling station at KM98 having done around 100 miles. I made a fuel stop south of Madrid then took the M50 around the city. Traffic was very light. I arrived at La Cabrera in time for a late lunch having done 206 miles. This site has also increased the ACSI fee to €20. Just one other outfit is keeping me company. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0- To read this blog with extra pictures see:- https://jondogoescaravanning.com/spain-nov-2018-feb-2019/
  6. Jaydug


    From Santander you could take the A8 to Bilbao then the motorways to Zaragoza which have tolls. From there, the A23 which is toll-free to Valencia then the tolled A7 to Benidorm. OR - you could take the A67 out of Santander to Burgos which is toll-free, then the A1 to Madrid which is toll free. Then the A3 to Valencia which is also toll-free. From Valencia, the A7 with tolls will take you to Benidorm. Both routes are dual carriageways. The second route is about 35 miles longer. For night halts on both routes, have a look at my blog.
  7. Jaydug

    Trying to figure out why RCD tripped

    How do you heat your water?
  8. Jaydug

    To buy or not to buy?

    I don't! I don't think the politicians of any other EU country will give their voters the opportunity to vote on their country's future.
  9. Jaydug

    What sort of caravanner are you?

    There was no sudden influx on this site yesterday! And it's only a couple of miles away.
  10. Jaydug

    Brittany Ferries

    Without a doubt - it's why we read reports in the press that their bookings are down. Of course, Brexit may have some responsibility, but its a risk to make a summer booking that's going to need a non-returnable £350ish deposit
  11. Jaydug

    What sort of caravanner are you?

    Look at my picture at the start of this post - below: I know for sure that some of the vans shown in it have been parked for more than a week. The local Guardia Civil turns a blind eye to any camper-van which parks "For 24hours - providing no chairs or tables are erected alongside the van" So it's not surprising when they suddenly 'blow their top' and turn out in force to empty the carpark ................................. But soon they start creeping back. Today's picture:-
  12. Jaydug

    What sort of caravanner are you?

    That's understandable. There wasn't too much wild camping in Andalucia during November and December either. In fact, my site was far from busy. But then once the New Year is over, the camping population explodes. And so it will continue till the end of April, and then it quietens down again.
  13. Jaydug

    What sort of caravanner are you?

    No, they won't! There's room to be had on my own site. And also they don't accept bookings. A few motor-vanners here have their trailers parked on the pitch next to them. If push came to shove, the management would be telling them to move them. Also - I see on the harbourside at La Caletta (a few miles along the coast) the Council has recently opened a new motor van stopover with provision for electric, water and chemical disposal. The area is never more than half full. Of course, there's a charge!
  14. Jaydug

    What sort of caravanner are you?

    It's in southern Spain - about 40 miles east of Malaga.
  15. How does this sort of caravanning appeal? This was the view when I'd cycled from my site, down to the seafront. It's the Local Council's beach carpark. No water supply, no showers, no toilets, no electricity, no disposal points, no security, -------- no site fees. When I begrudge the 10Euros a day for 10amps of electric, clean showers and toilets, as much water as I want and my own space; that's when my caravan will appear in the "For Sale" columns. ................................ But then we're all different?