I only heard one train during the night and slept well. Woke to a lovely sunny morning at 7:40, always a great start to the day. Not wanting to hurry and in no need to rush, I took my time, setting off mid morning. It didn’t take long to pick up the N340 road which, although changes it’s number on occasion, runs all the way along the coast south to Algeciras. After a lunch stop I soon found myself approaching Benicarlo and Peniscola. There used to be a couple of camper parking places close to the sea front, but these seem to have closed down now. There are though, a couple of campsites and three camperstop’s. The camperstop’s all charge much the same, around €6/7 per night plus electric and offer discounts for extended stays. One of them “La Volta Camping” I’ve stayed at in the past and found it to be good place to stop. I decided to stop again. After I’d parked up I noticed a couple I’d first met in Portugal about three years ago, Ron & Avy, they normally come out from the UK to spend the winter in Spain and La Volta Camping is the place they stay for three or four months. I don’t think I could stay in one place for so long, but a week or so is fine, so I settled down to relax for awhile.
Intending to stay only a few days its now been ten days since I arrived at La Volta Camping. The time has passed quickly, but now its time to move on and head further south. I’ve spent the days relaxing and catching up with a few things I wanted to do on the van. I’ve managed to finish putting the window tint on and organise my stuff a little better. A few days ago I noticed that the leisure batteries were not getting charged by the mains charger, only the solar panel. I checked everything the control panel I could, but couldn’t find anything wrong. I took the van to a local motorhome mechanic who spent an hour checking everything he could but was just as baffled as I was. Fearing it could be the main control panel, although all the fuses were okay and everything apart from the charging worked fine, I telephoned the manufacturers in England, Zig Electronics, on Skype. They were helpful, even phoning me back to discuss the problem. In the end it appears as though the transformer in the main control panel has failed. Zig can repair the unit but have a standard charge for doing so. The technician I spoke to said for not a great deal more I could buy a brand new unit, even suggesting the best place to buy one at the best price. As an interim solution a bought a battery smart charger and wired it up to the batteries, now when I’m on mains hook-up I can charge the batteries without any problems. I’ll replace the old Zig unit as and when I can.
One night a week the campsite puts on a party night, dinner followed by music and dancing. My friends asked me to join them, which I did. It was good value at €7.50 for a two course meal, a large glass of wine and the entertainment. It was a pleasant evening and gone midnight by the time I returned to the van.
The weather has been fickle changing on almost a daily basis. One day beautiful clear skies and hot sunshine, the next day overcast with heavy rain filled clouds which burst at regular intervals throughout the day. On the fine days I’ve managed to get out on the bike or go for long walks, the seafront is not far from the campsite and its been nice to wander along the deserted beach and almost deserted seafront walking path.
I’m still undecided about where to go, but will head for Olivia, between Valencia and Alicante, initially. After that I’m not sure, but may well continue on into Portugal and the Algarve region.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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