Blog for October et al.
We were back in the UK for a quick visit earlier this year mainly to purchase
a larger Campervan as well as visit family and friends. Needless to say the
weather was dismal, wet and cold a bit different from the Algarve.
Our trip back down through France saw us stopping off in Pons an area once ruled by by the English and a place we like stopping off at as we are friends with Caroline and Piet who run a Campsite there. Unfortunately we had our second puncture which confirmed my suspicions that the tyres which had plenty of tread and passed the MOT, were probably originals from Spain, needed to be replaced. A local Tyre company sorted us out with a new set of Continentals at a good price but we had a 5 day stop over instead of two days. Unfortunately we missed visting two friends who moved from Oakworth to France not far from Pons as they were off trying out their new Motorhome.
The rest of the journey back to Espiche was uneventful other than for out GPS directing
us down a street in Evora which had a sharp right turn followed by a sharp left turn and
the road was a tight fit for the Campervan and took me at least 15 miutes to extract us
and get back on the road. Fortunately Kit was out of the vehicle helping to guide me,
otherwise I might have got in hot water for my use of the english language.
Back in Espiche we settled down again and then a few weeks later headed up north to Guimaraes and Penha the area where Portugal was born. We were unlucky with our first night stop when on arrival we discovered the open all year campsite was closed so we ended up 'free camping' that night outside it's gates.
Next day saw us on the campsite in Penha and it was well
worth the effort, English spoken by the staff who were
very friendly and helpfull. We had a bit of a nasty surprise
when a forest fire broke out about 1 km from where we
were but fortunately therewas no wind and the Fire Service got it under control with the aid of water carrying Helicopters.
We left Penha and headed over to Peniche on the west coast to
visit two friends who are moving back to the UK and we wanted
to see them before they set off. Our friends took us on a visit
to Buddha Eden about 30 minutes from the campsite have never
seen so many Buddha's before and the whole place is well laid
out and worth a visit if you are in the north of Portugal, it is
also not far from Obidos another must see for tourists.
Our two week holiday just flew by and a week after we got back to Peniche we had a very close friend and his grandson come and stay with us for the Portuguese Superbike chamionship races at the nearby Autodromo and of course 'sod's law' came in to play when after weeks of sunshine and no rain on the main race day it poured down in the morning but fortunately dried up just before noon so the races went on.
As with every other vehicle we have had there were bits n pieces to be added or
altered to our satisfaction in our new Campervan so we have been busy doing just
that, in fact one of our friends named the vehicle 'Inbits' which we find amusing.
The past week has seen me refurbishing the Web page and finding out how much I
had forgotten about building one so if you spot something that does not work or is
out of place, please drop me an email as sometimes I cannot see the wood for the
Cheers for now.... Jack n Kit.