Its been almost two weeks since I bought "Kooky" my Westfalia James Cook Camper Van and it seems I've done a lot in that short space of time. Having packed everything into Kooky I set off to Dover to catch a ferry to Calais. Looking for sunshine and warmer weather I drove quite quickly heading south via Boulogne, Abbeville, Rouen, Chartes, Tours, Poiters, Angouleme and Bordeaux, using some of the many aires along the way. Although the weather was reasonable I was keen to get south into Spain. After crossing the Bordeaux region I headed towards the French Spanish border and crossed over into Spain spending my first two nights at a camper stop in Hondarribia. It was a super spot and the centre of a popular walking area. The weather was lovely with clear skies and warm sunshine, I took the opportunity to enjoy a great walk around a circular route of 11 kilometres through woodland and forest.
I had no real plan as to where to go but set off southeast towards Lleida and Barcelona. The saying "It's a small world" certainly proved true for me though along the way. Last winter I met Steve another full-timer and spent a few weeks with him traveling along the southern Spanish coast. We kept in touch by email and recently suggested we might meet up again this winter. My route took me along a picturesque road alongside a reservoir that had been created by flooding a valley that once housed a small town, now only the upper parts of some of the buildings can be seen when the water level is low. I wanted to stop to take a photo and rounding a bend in the road saw a pull-in with several cars and an english registered motorhome. I stopped, took my photo's and as I looked back at the motorhome thought it looked familiar, it was, it was Steve. Almost unbelievably we had met in a lay-by on a back road in Spain without having a clue as to where each other were, definitely a small world. After a coffee and a quick catch up we made our way to Jaca where we spent the night in a camper stop on the outskirts of the town. The following morning we set off together to Ainsa where we found a super camper stop just outside the entrance to the old town. There was a grassy surface on which to park, beautiful mountains in the distance with the first of the winter snows on the peaks and an historic town to explore, we stayed two nights enjoying a drink in the evenings over an open fire, perfect. We'll probably head towards the coast then make our way south, but slowly does it we are in no rush.
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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