Returning to Canada de Callegro, which is only about 40 kilometres from Calabardina, it felt much warmer. We arrived at lunchtime and then sat outside in shorts for the rest of the afternoon sunbathing and reading until 4:30. We spent two nights there enjoying the milder weather. Steve had been keeping in contact with a couple of other full timers, Phil & Donna who emailed him to say they were staying in Mazarron, not to far away and we arranged to meet up in the centre of town. We arrived mid morning and found Phil and his wife Donna quite easily. After a quick chat we parked the vans and went to a local bar for coffee where we continued to chatting away. Before we knew it it was mid afternoon so coffee was replaced with a glass of wine for me and beers for Steve,Donna and Phil. We were getting a little hungry and suggested cooking some pizzas and eating together, but Phil suggested going to a nearby Chinese restaurant, which sounded like a good idea to everyone. The buffet style Chinese meal was excellent, tasty and not to expensive. By the time we were ready to return to the vans we had consumed quite a quantity of wine, we were going to stay parked up in town so it didn't matter, it had been a fun day.
Phil & Donna were interested to see where Steve and I had been free camping in Canada de Callegro so the following morning we returned once more to our beachside camping spot. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very nice, rain had been falling since early morning, so we left Phil & Donna’s van and my own, then set off in Steve’s, to explore some of the other free camping spots south along the coast. We checked out quite a few places, but the rain fell without interruption throughout the day and it turned really cold that night. We camped together for a couple of nights in Canada de Callegro before Phil & Donna set off back to Mazarron. Steve and I decided to stay an extra night before heading a little further north, back to Cabo de Palos, where we spent the next three nights, before eventually making our way to Los Alcáceres and the Mar Menor campsite. The campsite is very reasonable and has good facilities. The winter rates are good value at €7.50 per night inc. I’m thinking of staying until Christmas before heading any further northwards. Steve thinks he will do the same.
I’ve managed to book a ferry from Barcelona to Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, on January 7th so have almost another three weeks before I need to be in Barcelona. Taking the ferry allows me to stay around the Costa Brava a little longer, where I hope the weather will be kind to me, it would be great to have a warm, sunny Christmas Day.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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