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It's exactly a week ago that we endured 24 hours on Cap Finistere travelling across the Bay of Biscay in Force 9 Gales gusting stronger.

 

It was a monumental stomach churning experience but held together with a pack of Stugerons!

 

Anyhow, after a couple of nice days here in Benicassim (nr Valencia), storm Gloria has arrived and the wind and rain is just relentless. The weather turned overnight Saturday and we are still another 24 - 36 hours away from some repsite. We believe there are red warnings for snow North of here so safe travels for anyone arriving into Bilbao tomorrow morning.

 

Some pictures and info here: Spain ramblings, 2020

 

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Alicante has roads closed due to thick snow I am being told and Madrid .

 

 

Dave

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2 hours ago, PandR said:

24 hours on Cap Finistere travelling across the Bay of Biscay in Force 9 Gales gusting stronger.

 

 

Which is why we have stopped using the long ferry crossings to Spain, and now take the time to drive down through France.

I hope your weather picks up B)

 

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We use the ferry at times but prefer not to book more than a week in advance this time of year. We also have a dog and dog cabins are rarely available with short notice.

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10 hours ago, onewheelonmywagon said:

 

Which is why we have stopped using the long ferry crossings to Spain, and now take the time to drive down through France.

 

I prefer to take a chance with the Portsmouth ferry.   I haven't driven through France for the last nine winters.   Here's why!   This was my last journey.

 

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Just had message from Benidorm no snow there.

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2 hours ago, Jaydug said:

 

I prefer to take a chance with the Portsmouth ferry.   I haven't driven through France for the last nine winters.   Here's why!   This was my last journey.

 

 

There can be lots of snow when crossing the mountains in Spain as well.

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1 hour ago, AndersG said:

There can be lots of snow when crossing the mountains in Spain as well.

 

That's true!   But you know the Spanish Highway Authorities.   They're out with the gritting lorries even before the roads see snow. .................... Generally.B)

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I read some posts a few minutes ago that police are stopping vehicles and only allowing them to proceed with chains on some roads .

 

 

Dave

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Hi all,

We now pitched overwintering again down on the coast of the Desert region of Northern Almeria near Villaricos, 300 miles south of BP & 300 metres from the sea. Same awful rustic site (again) with its poor reviews, for the third year.

Had two days of 'Gloria' wind & heavy rain so far, snow in the hills inland, but fairing better me thinks than our friends in the North (BP etc). Site coping with deluge, Lettuce field adjoining looks a bit fresher. Worst Winter here in last 20 years overwinterering say some vintage snowbirds.

Today has been much calmer and a sense of it brightening up slightly with a very good forecast ahead.

Interesting blog to read P&R - thanks for your effort - and to others who do blogs. Your 2020 Biscay Cruise update confirmed our desire to stick with the over-land France route & its flexibility - two dogs is the final straw for us.

Regards 

M

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33 minutes ago, montesa said:

Hi all,

We now pitched overwintering again down on the coast of the Desert region of Northern Almeria near Villaricos, 300 miles south of BP

 

And I'm another 150 miles SW of you.   We caught the edge of storm Gloria giving us a dull day on Sunday, followed by a wet Monday.   Today we've had  it dry with sun in and out and a chilly breeze.   

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We had an even worse night last night in terms of wind and rain but with the added excitement of spectacular thunder and lightning.

 

Laterly the winds have reduced but bands of torrential rain and lightning storms sweep across the site with a certain regularity.

 

First time for years the blog has been so up-to-date!!!

 

1 hour ago, montesa said:

Hi all,

We now pitched overwintering again down on the coast of the Desert region of Northern Almeria near Villaricos

 

What is the site called please and is there space there? We may need a one night stopover when we finally leave Benicassim for the South West...

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Glad we took the decision to break off our stay and return home from Aguilas (only a stone's throw from Villaricos) just before Christmas when the temperatures were starting to drop and fly off to the Canary Islands tomorrow instead, leaving the caravan in winter storage. Maybe it was a premonition.

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I know some posts from motorhomes on La Manga say the pitches were like lakes with the heavy rain and as said they have never seen it like that before .

 

Morocco is looking far more attractive for winter sun .

 

 

Dave

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I flew from Alicante to the UK on Sunday on an 08.30 departure, just made it as they closed the airport at 13.00 because of the winds and storm.  The airport didn't reopen until 05.00 this morning.  At least I can now get back on Saturday.

The sun was shining today but it as almost as cold as the UK.

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14 hours ago, CommanderDave said:

Morocco is looking far more attractive for winter sun .

 

Not at the moment it isn't.   Storm Gloria kicked off from there.

Meanwhile we have another wet day here in Malaga Province with the forecast showing poor weather until Saturday.    But to put it in perspective - it's the fifth wet day since the beginning of December.:)

 

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Its warmer again but damp and misty here in Shropshire,  wind and rain supposed to return, what joy!

We are jetting off to Caribbean at end of February for some sun!

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On 21/01/2020 at 17:22, PandR said:

 

What is the site called please and is there space there? We may need a one night stopover when we finally leave Benicassim for the South West...

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They say Gloria is visiting Italy next week so anyone that way might need to take care .

 

 

 

Dave

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Warm and sunny in Birkenhead today!

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On 21/01/2020 at 19:12, Lutz said:

Glad we took the decision to break off our stay and return home from Aguilas (only a stone's throw from Villaricos) just before Christmas when the temperatures were starting to drop and fly off to the Canary Islands tomorrow instead, leaving the caravan in winter storage. Maybe it was a premonition.

 

That was a good move on our part. The weather here on the Canaries is quite acceptable and the forecast promises even better. Motorhomers that we have spoken to here on the island and who have already been longer seem to be quite happy.

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