Porto Potenza PicenaJanuary 21, 2017 in Italy
Continuing down the coast we came across Sirollo, a resort with a long sandy beach and easy parking. Pulling up, we took a stroll and even got to feel the warmth of the sun as it broke free from the clouds for 5 minutes. There was hardly anyone on the beach, but you got the feeling it would be packed in summer.
Further south, we parked up at the free van park in Porto Potenza Picena. It had all the basic facilities plus toilets, a wood oven and electric hookup, for which it asked a voluntary contribution of €2 per day. A couple of tall palm trees grew on the strip of grass that separated it from the road and it was backed by a ploughed field that sloped upwards. The area seemed friendly and we decided to stay for a couple of nights.
The beach was only 500 metres walk away and flanked by a raft of closed tourist orientated buildings. It was a blue flag beach but unfortunately, like many other coastal resorts we'd been through, there was a grey haze of pollution in the air. The beach itself was lovely but there was a lot of rubbish. At one point there was a localised area where the waves were black, possibly from a surface water outlet pipe whose contents had picked up particulates from the air. It made us think of how clear the water had been in Croatia, just the other side of the Adriatic. Still, it was interesting to see and good to stretch our legs.
We had an indulgent day in the van the next day to celebrate Will's birthday. Pressies, relaxing and good food and drink were followed by watching the first film since we came away.
One disadvantage of being on the road is that it is difficult to buy presents without the other person knowing about it! We rarely know where we are going to be able to find shops that sell things we want and can't order things on the internet as we aren't in any one place long enough to guarantee they will arrive.
On our second morning we set about fitting the water expansion tank in an attempt to fix the problem with our water pump. Unfortunately the tight space under the bunk next to the main water tank made it impossible to install the new one and the length of pipe needed to make an airtight connection with the system. We decided we needed to get a new water pump after all and so set off to find a camper van shop.Read more