Europe – chasing the sun again

On the ferry from Newhaven over to Dieppe; a relaxing empty crossing where Bambi and Cali shared the truck deck; we checked the forecast and changed our plans.  We arrived to snowy ‘scapes and headed south, bound for the Mediterranean coast rather than the Atlantic.  We figured we’ll see Portugal from the south up as originally planned!

Stopping en route to overnight in roadside aires, for which we are now fully equipped having Bambi, we made good progress and Leigh got a good handle on towing in all weathers.  We finally arrived on the Med and are staying in a wonderful campsite overlooking the sea just outside the Roman settlement now called Tarragona.  From here we have already done a day trip in to Barcelona and plan to spend a week or so, exploring nearby wine country as well as Tarragona and the adjacent beaches.

The people at the campsite here took one look at Bambi and wanted to give us a prime seaview plot – not realising that we were new to towing.  They led us to a gorgeous site and left us to try and manoeuvre her into the spot.  After a lot of humming and hah-ing and a bit of going backwards and forwards, we eventually decided we were better off unhitching her and pushing her by hand, to the great amusement of the Germans in the next door plot (who admittedly did eventually offer to help – but by that stage we had actually got her into a spot where we thought we may be able to tow her out from … another reason to stay a week, so we don’t have to think about that challenge for a while!).