Map above- from Almerimar to Vera
Our next destination was a short eighty mile hop to Vera, which is near to the town and beach resort of Mojácar in Almeria Province. This is a real memory lane destination for both of us. It gave me my first ever taste of independent travel when I stayed at a campsite here with three school friends back in 1983. It provided our second ever wild-camping experience back in 2003 and we have visited a few times since then. The landscape is desert-like and has provided the back drop for movies set in the Wild West of America. Its desolate, but we both like the harsh looking barren landscape. As we drove we remembered another couple of friends who spend time in this area during the winter, in their beautiful RV. Leaving the dual carriageway a junction early so that we could detour to Mojacar for that trip down memory lane, there were no signs to indicate the speed limit and the Guardia Civil were waiting with a speed trap and we were pulled over. A great money making opportunity for them, as it was a fixed penalty of 100 euros, with a reduction to 50 for immediate cash payment. As we were doing less than fifty miles an hour Mike tried bargaining, negotiating and pleading, but all to no avail. So, if you're up that way-be warned!
There is a new aire alongside the Vera tennis club. The pitches are hard standing and up the sides of a very steep hill, the view is stunning and the price included wifi, electricity, water, hot showers and use of the washing machine and tumble dryer. You can imagine what the queues and temperaments were like for those machines. I'm wondering if I'm becoming obsessed with the washing, I'm mentioning it on every post- a new website could be on the way-www.laundrylifers.co.uk .
Three nights there, big laughs with our pals and in my next post, our next jump further north.