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    • Day9

      RUI EBRE

      January 18 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Mit wehenden Haaren kommt Karin an unseren Bus, als ich gerade in Deltebre einige Videos aufnehme vom tosenden Fluß im stürmischen Dunkelgrün. Man habe ihr erzählt, dass sie unbedingt den Fluß ansehen solle, bevor sie nach Deutschland zurückkehrt. Wir seien auf dem Weg zur Mündung, weil ich mir überlegt habe, dass die Gelegenheit gut sei, flussaufwärts zu fahren.

      Der Hafen von Deltebre liegt unweit des sich öffnenden Mauls, das der Fluß in seinem Delta bildet, während sein Wasser sich mit dem Mittelmeer vereint. Flussaufwärts begegnen wir der schönen Brücke in Amposta, das wir durchfahren, um nach Tortosa zu kommen, wo wir die Nacht geschützt zwischen großen Wohnmobilen vor dem weiterhin starken Wind stehen, Noch einmal Werner und Elke treffen, die in den nächsten Tagen zurück nach Frankreich fahren wollen.
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    • Day9

      Fahrtag

      December 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Der Wetterbericht hat für heute einen Fahrtag empfohlen und recht behalten.
      Nachmittags leichter Regen.
      Stehen jetzt in Tortosa eigentlich ganz schön, genau am Ufer vom Ebre.
      Aber, über dem kostenlosen Stellplatz verläuft die Brücke einer gut befahrenen Straße.
      Mal sehen wie das heute Nacht wird.
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    • Day10

      Tortosa Stadtbesichtigung

      December 13, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Den trüben Tag genutzt zur Stadtbesichtigung.
      Es gibt eine große Markthalle, natürlich schön wie immer in Spanien.
      Eine tolle Promenade mit vielen Brücken am Ebro entlang.
      In der historischen Altstadt kann man auch gut bummeln.
      Eine eigenartige Bauform der Cathedrale, innen aber prächtig mit den Katakomben, dem Museum und dem Kreuzgang.
      Als Highlight eine riesige Burganlage.
      Von der der erhaltene Teil heute ein Nobelhotel ist.
      Von hier oben hat man auch einen guten Blick auf die Cathedrale, über die Stadt und den Ebro.
      Das Wetter heute bewölkt, zwischendurch wollte die Sonne durchspitzeln.
      Max. 14°C und nachmittags wieder leichter Regen.
      Macht nichts, für morgen sagt der Wetterbericht einen schönen Tag an.
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    • Day11

      Vía Verde del Baix Ebre

      December 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Heute wieder einen Bahntrassenweg geradelt. Von Tortosa ging es auf dem gut ausgebauten Weg durch einige Tunnels und die Berge.
      Immer wieder einmal am Ebro entlang, eine landschaftlich traumhafte Strecke, bis zum ehemaligen Bahnhof Benifallet.
      Leider hat dort das Restaurant um diese Jahreszeit nur am Wochenende auf.
      Für diese Fälle haben wir aber immer eine Brotzeit dabei.
      Hat dann auch gut geschmeckt.
      Dann ging es wieder zurück nach Tortosa.
      Ein schöner Tag mit herrlichem Wetter.
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    • Day8

      Tortosa bei Nacht

      August 9, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      Gestern haben wir eine Nachtwanderung durch die City von Tortosa gemacht. Gegen Mitternacht sind es in der Innenstadt immer noch 30 Grad, die Fassaden und Steinböden sind aufgeheizt. Nach einer eiskalten Sangria in Freiluftbar machten wir uns auf den Weg zu einem Ort, den uns die Kellner empfohlen hatten. Hier sei montags noch bis 1 Uhr auf. Wir fanden zwar den Ort, aber auch hier waren die Bordsteine bereits hochgeklappt und so machten wir uns bald auf den Rückweg. Viele der imposanten Gebäude sind nachts beleuchtet und ziehen ehrfürchtige Blicke auf sich.Read more

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      …eine wirklich gelungene Lösung für Ausflüge in der Hochsaison, nächtliche Sightseeingtouren 👏👏👏

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    • Day67

      Roquetes

      December 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Gratis Stellplatz mit Wasser und sogar Strom! Entsprechend viel los hier, nur noch ein paar Plätze sind frei. 72 Stunden darf man hier stehen, das werden wir ausnutzen.
      Die Fahrt hierher am Ebro entlang und durch die Berge war landschaftlich wieder sehr schön und abwechslungsreichRead more

    • Day14

      Prat De Compte to Roquettes

      October 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      We woke up this morning to rain. It was the first time in 14 days of travelling Wanda had got wet and although it wasn’t heavy rain, it looked pretty bleak and black in the mountains.
      We had already decided we were going to move today and explore more further down. Ellie had found a house she liked in the arse end of nowhere in the the village of Els Reugars just out Roquettes so that’s where we were heading.
      We checked the map and it seemed as though Roquettes was a busy town with lots of shops, supermarkets and laundrettes so because it was raining we thought today would be a good day to do some laundry. The washing bag was only half full but that would give us the chance to wash all of the bedding aswell.
      We headed for a supermarket just off the main drag of Roquettes and as we entered the car park there was only 10 cars in it which is unheard of for any supermarkets we have visited so far. We had to wait 20 minutes for the largest washing machine of 18kg but once that was free, we chucked our dirty laundry in and then popped inside the store to get a few things we had run out of. Except for there own brand stuff it was crazy expensive, I wanted some Brie for cheese toasties and it was €1.50 for a triangle, roughly the same price as the UK. In Lidl I can buy a complete circle for the same price and in France I have a selection of circles to choose from.
      We just bought the essentials, then sat in the car park and had lunch and a cup of tea while the washing did it’s thing. 50 minutes later everything was clean and dry and we were heading for the house in Els Reugars.
      TomTom took us the scenic route down the gravel tracks for about 3 miles which we later found out wasn’t entirely necessary as there is an easier way in and out.
      We found the house we liked, nobody was around, so we got out and checked it out.
      From the outside it looks more beautiful than it does on the website and the owners have just painted the outside and built a new barbecue area. The house is set in it’s own 5 acres of olive trees and has a mountain backdrop. We both loved it.
      Ellie messaged the estate agents and they quickly got back to us firstly saying that we could view the house tomorrow. We had a chat about the pros and cons of owning a house in this area and this house does tick a lot of boxes. Neighbours, but they are not to close. Mountain views, rivers, a town nearby but not to near, trails to go walking and biking, a quiet area.
      Then the estate messaged back and said he’d spoken to the owners and they no longer want to sell they would rather rent it out. So that put that to rest…….. or so we thought.
      30 minutes later the estate agents messaged back and said the owner would sell and could we view it tomorrow at 4pm. So tomorrow we are viewing a property in Spain.
      In between the messaging I think we had convinced ourselves that buying somewhere out here as a holiday home isn’t right for us. Personally I would move out here and seek residency but Ellie doesn’t want to do that and I don’t think a holiday home is a practical use of our savings. So tomorrow we are going to go with an open mind and a list of questions and see what happens.
      After looking at the house we headed back to Roquettes to a free airè in the edge of the city, it has all services and we specifically came here to get electric and charge the battery as it was down to below 50% because of the lack of bright sunshine the last 3 days.
      We expected to pay for the electric hook and were wondering all the way here, would it be card, or cash or an app but when we got here the electric, like everything else here, is free. We can’t believe it, another free night and this time we’re boosting Wanda’s batteries and saving gas on the water heater and fridge.
      After plugging Wanda in we then headed into town down the Viaverde greenway which runs through here and then we picked up the canal path.
      Roquettes itself is a thriving town with lots of shops, banks, supermarkets, a cinema and a leisure centre with the river Ebre running right through it’s centre and 2 man made canals running off it. Although it does look a bit dirty from a distance. We then got some emergency cash out of a local bank, paying €6 for the privilege and headed back to Wanda to escape the drizzle that had just started again, although it is still a sweltering 28°c inside and out and feels stormy.
      We have all the windows and hatches open and the fans are running but we just seem to be moving warm air around, we’re hoping it will cool down later in the evening.
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    • Day18

      One more day in Roquettes

      October 24, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we both woke up feeling pretty rough still. Ellie coughed through most of the night in her sleep and I had a proper sweat on and still have a sore throat.
      We had resided to the fact that we weren’t going to do anything today except relax and recuperate and we felt better later then we would do something.
      By mid morning we were both bored and needed some shopping so we drove to Tortosa which was our closest Lidl and re supplied the cupboards. We should be good now for the next 3-4 days.
      Back at the air I managed to drive Wanda nose in to one of the end bays and when we open the habitation door there is a wall so now it’s like we have our own private courtyard.
      I got both our camping chairs out and we sat outside in the sun with cold drinks. Being on the fresh air made us feel a lot better.
      After about an hour I decided I was feeling a lot better so decided to change my bike tyres for the new ones I had bought a couple of days ago. This should have been a 20 minute job but as with all quick jobs, it turned into a nightmare and as I changed the front wheel I split my last inner tube.
      I replaced with one that I had already repaired but that was all I had so I decided to ride around the corner, back to the bike shop where I got the tyres and get some inner tubes.
      Being on the bike felt good. I was worried that Covid might have gotten on my chest but I felt fine. Except for my sore throat.
      After collecting the inner tubes, I returned to camp and decided that tomorrow we would hit the road again.
      We had,had enough rest and sometimes doing nothing makes you do more nothing, so tomorrow we are definitely leaving here.
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    • Day15

      Roquettes & Tortosa

      October 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      We were up at 7:30am before sunrise. It was a quiet night although incredibly stuffy. Now we had electric I left the fan on all night.
      First thing I did when I got up was check Wanda’s charger. The battery bar was flicking between 3/4 and full so I was pleased with that. We would be leaving Wanda here most of the day and hopefully tonight so by the time we leave we should be good for quite a few days. More if it is really sunny.
      After breakfast at 9:30 we decided to walk down the viaverde greenway to Tortosa. In a straight line it was only about a mile away and it really gave us a chance to look around.
      The walk was beautiful, we saw a red squirrel and there was some housing for abandoned cats with food, water and CCTV to watch over them, just off the path. We crossed over the Ebre river via an old steel railway bridge and then we were in Tortossa.
      The city was nothing like we expected, it was relatively quiet and felt calm. Yes there was traffic and people but it didn’t seem to have the rush about it like London or Paris. We turned left off the bridge, crossed over the road where traffic actually stopped for us and headed for this huge building just off the rivers edge. The building had huge doors and tables and chairs outside and at first we thought it was a giant restaurant. Infact it turned out to be a giant food market where you could buy any sort of food imaginable. There was fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, hot food to eat in or take away, cold food to eat in or take away, tinned stuff, packet stuff, dried food, you name it they had it and was a real feast for the eyeballs.
      I had a spanish tortilla, tucked inside a fresh baked baguette and a lattè. The food was delicious and they really know how to make coffee here.
      We left the food market the opposite end we entered and came out into a bustling street of shops and cafes. We looked around a few of the original shops before walking up a hill and coming to an ancient Roman archway. It was amazing to see the carvings and sculptures on the walls, and now we had entered the old town.
      It was distinctly different with it’s old brickwork, and huge three and four story buildings with iron railed balconies and shuttered doors and windows. Also we were back to allyways with original wooden doors and arched doorways.
      We walked on and found a huge church but we couldn’t seem to find an entrance and from there we climbed some steps taking the tourist route upto the castle.
      The castle is now a privately owned hotel so we couldn’t get inside but we could get to the battlements ruins and they were massive. Standing on the top you could see how far the castle stretched and it must have been 3/4 mile in either direction with the castle in the middle. In it’s day it was the largest castle in the Iberian peninsula and it must have looked glorious and formidable to anyone viewing it from the outside.
      We left the battlements and headed back down into the city. We did look for the old Roman baths but Ellie started to feel unwell again and we headed out of the city back towards the river and rested in the park before walking back to Wanda down the cycleway.
      We had walked 5.5 miles in total, and it was a very sticky day so arriving back at Wanda we both took a nap for 30 minutes and recovered from the heat.
      At 3:30pm we left the Airè to go and view the house in Els Reugers. We were abit early so parked at the bottom of the mountains and that’s when I realised it was a cycling route and the length of the mountain climb and gradients were marked out from the bottom up.
      This would have been a great house to buy if we both wanted to move here. The inside of the house was just as beautiful and quaint as the outside and the estate agent explain all about how the house used to work, and it had a mezzanine floor in it so the farmers could sleep on that while the animals slept downstairs. It was fascinating but he already told us when he arrived it was no longer up for sale but we could rent it. We will keep an eye on Air B&B and see if it comes up.
      On leaving Els Reugars I realised my back wheel had yet another puncture, the fourth since we’ve been here so we went to decathlon to find some more but they just had crap ones there, I did find a cycle shop nearby so that’s what we’re doing in the morning.
      We eventually got back to Roquettes and the Airè after stopping at McDonald’s en route at 7:30pm. There was just one free space left. Partly because the idiots at the end had wound out there awning and were taking up 2 spaces.
      Then we put the TV on and chilled for the rest of the evening with both the fans roaring away and both roof vents open it is still 24°c outside and 26 inside.
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    • Day48

      Hot shower!!

      November 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      My mother offered me a night in a hotel!! Real hot shower! Luxury!! Well, the room is not that much bigger than my tarp, but at least, it's legal! 😁 What's even better is that it's gonna rain tonight, and my batteries were all low! So fresh new start for me!! Thank you so much Mommy, love you! 😘😘Read more

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