Having spent the past week and a half in the Castelli Romani area I wanted to get away for a few days. I made an appointment for a routine medical check-up for the 23rd so I had a couple of weeks to kill. I like the idea of having regular annual medical checkups as it gives me peace of mind, I'm fortunate enough to be in good health.
I picked up the motorhome from my friends Gillian & Godfredo who had kindly let me park in there large rear garden alongside their own camper. Needing diesel I stopped at a bank to get some cash, then put €50 worth of diesel in the tank, diesel is expensive in Italy, ranging from €1.62 to €1.79 depending on where you buy it. With fuel in the tank I took the GRA around Rome then the SS1 Via Aurelia. There was a light shower on the GRA and as I turned off onto the Via Aurelia there was the aftermath of a three or four car crash, nothing serious but one of the cars an Audi looked in need of a new front end. Once passed the accident and on the Aurelia I made my way along the coast, the sky cleared and the sun came out. It felt much warmer than the 22ºC the weather forecast had predicted.
Passing through Santa Marinella I came across a small lay-by and stopped for a sandwich. There were several small boats moored behind a break water, beyond which was the Mediterranean, looking calm and inviting. A man turned up in a car, donned some waterproof waders then walked into the shallow water to his little wooden fishing boat. Having clambered aboard he took a plastic scooper and began emptying quite a large amount of water from the bottom, probably from the heavy rains of the past few days. After emptying the water he waded back to the beach, returned to is car and drove off, strange.
After lunch I continued along the Aurelia to Montalto and the camperstop I’ve been back to many times. It was full of motorhomes, I counted forty-eight, most were German, and it's obviously a very popular stopover for them even at this time of the year.
It was still sunny when I arrived so I took the opportunity to walk along the seafront. Even though it’s nearly mid October I felt comfortable in just a tee-shirt.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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