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Europe » France » Alsace December 7th 2017

Fri 1stDecember There was snow overnight on the lower slopes of the Pyrenees, and we saw a few snow ploughs about…..didn’t think too much about it! The very strong Northerly winds from yesterday continued. Trundled along the D6009 road past Perpignon (got lost for a while! – poor roadworks signage), Narbonne and into Beziers where the A75 to Millau is signed. Always blue sky ahead of us, even though it was still cloudy, but when we stopped for lunch at the first aire at Paulan the sun was out, even though it was bitterly cold. Things got decidedly worse from then!! Saw a few lorries and cars with snow and ice on them and wondered where they had come from! Oh silly us!! The A75 of course! As we drove up there was a lot of ... read more
Chris scraping Ice!
Snow Plough

Europe » Spain » Andalusia December 1st 2017

Driving back to UK via Granada and Alsace I was sad to go – sad to leave the hot sunny weather and start the drive northwards. Spent the Friday packing, cleaning and washing, ready to leave Saturday morning. Eventually away about 10.30am, after fond farewells to the neighbour who waved vigorously as we drove away. We were meeting another couple from the walking club, and we all arrived at the same time, them at a hotel in Monachil, and us at the Reina Isabel Campsite in La Zubia about 2.00pm. It turned out that we had both missed the turnoff for Granada, and it was all quite stressful driving around the City ! Decided that we would all visit a show with a tapas meal and walking tour from the campsite (55 euros) and that the ... read more
Cats at Granada Campsite
Vento El Gallo (2)
Chris in the Gorge

Europe » Spain » Andalusia October 13th 2017

Its good to be back! The plants after the summer sun always seem a little bit worse for wear, but a few days of watering and they are back to normal again! Quick dash to the garden centre to buy some ‘colour’ ie geraniums mostly and the porch is a pleasant place to sit and relax – well apart from the little problem of a rat!!! It must come over from the orchard at the back, but we saw it on three consecutive days running along the neighbour’s wall. After telling them, they now keep their windows shut and we haven’t seen the rata again!! Whew!! Then there was the little problemo of woodworm in our dining room table! I had noticed a few holes last year, treated it and filled the holes, but they are ... read more
Plans at the Town Hall

Europe » France » Centre September 21st 2017

Sat 9thSept 2017 Drove, uneventfully, from Newport to Newhaven – a distance of 202 miles. Caught the ferry and arrived in Dieppe at 10.00pm and bunked down in Quai de la Marine - turn left out of Port and its literally 500 metres on the left and well worth the 12 Euros for its convenience and facilities!! (202 mile Sun 10th Sep A cloudy / sunny day on the Sunday and basically a belt down the normal route, Rouen, Evereux, Dreux, Chartres, Chateaudun – a well tried and tested route – but fairly fast! At Vendome we branched off to Montoire-sur-le -Loir where we had a lovely walk around the quaint old town, including a visit to an old historic train Station where Philippe Petain met Adolf Hitler in 1940. Not sure why!! (194 miles. Montoire ... read more
Penne D'Agenais
Old villages near St Lary

North America » United States » Colorado May 8th 2017

Sunday 7thMay 2017 Cheyenne to Denver 198 miles The weather could go either way today – lots of threatening rain clouds but also a bit of high cloud and sun – it would be whether the sun could burn it off! Up early and off by 07.45am to go Downtown Cheyenne. Not very exciting but had a look at Depot Square, with its giant Cowboy Boots (a bit like the Grommit Trail) and also Gunslinger Square (looked like it had just been built!!) Anyway, on the Interstate 25 and then headed towards Lyons and the National Park. Stopped at Estes Park which was a lovely little town nestled in one of the valleys of the Rockies. Had a little wander round and then drove to Mary’s lake, where we had lunch. Decided against the high Rocky ... read more
Downtown Denver

Wednesday 3rdMay Livingston – Belle Fourche 397 miles Today was always going to be a driving day which was a shame because the sky was blue and it had actually started to warm up again! By lunchtime we had reached Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument so it seemed an ideal place to stop. Learnt a lot! It was basically where Custer made his Last Stand and was killed on June 25th 1876. , Before this there were a lot of feuding tribal Indians and the Crow and Lakota tribes joined Custer against the Cheyenne, Arikara and the Arapaho tribes as this was the only way they could see to ensure the safety of their lands. There was a sub group of 350 soldiers who survived but everyone else was killed and the bodies left where they ... read more
The Indian War Memorial
Spot the climbers!
Chris and the Presidents

North America » United States » Wyoming May 2nd 2017

Friday 28thApril 2017 Riverdale, Salt Lake City to Alpine, Near Jackson 229 miles The day started cloudy and we headed north on Hwy 89 and the weather got decidedly worse as the clouds closed in and we started to have snow showers! Started going up Logans Canyon and miraculously the snow stopped and visibility improved! We followed the Canyon, alongside Logans River until we reached the snow covered summit! Fortunately the roads were clear!! Stopped at the highest point for a view over Bear Lake but it was still too misty! Strictly speaking Bear Lake is in two States – Utah and Idaho, but its also close to the Wyoming Border which we will be zig-zagging over the next few days!! Got to Bear Lake, watched the pelicans flying and swimming about (I didn’t know they ... read more
Bear Lake (2)
Soda Springs
The Grand Tetons

North America » United States » Utah April 28th 2017

Tuesday 25thApril 2017 Page to Panguitch 194 miles Left Page about 8.15am and crossed the Utah border 10 minutes later so it then became 9.25am! Parked up on Hwy 89 just after Mile 19 to do the Toadstool walk! Lovely to see all the spring flowers and the trail wended its way up wards towards the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument following the route of a water course, until we reached the plateau. Had a wander around the ‘toadstools’ and then back in the car for the fairly boring drive to Zion NP. Zion National Park is a little oasis amongst the desert – well, it’s actually a BIG oasis amongst the desert! Its so vast and the few hours we had to explore just wasn’t going to be enough. The drive down through the gorge is ... read more
Zion NP (2)
Bryce Canyon (4)
Looking up at the Hoodoos

North America » United States » Arizona April 25th 2017

Sunday 23rdApril 2017 Blanding to Page 215 miles We left Blanding about 8.15 hoping to make good time to Monument Valley and be there by 10.00am! Wasn’t too bad – only stopped once at Mexican Hat for photos of a rock that looked like a Mexican wearing a hat, hence why the town got its name! I say town – it was just a few houses really! Entered Monument Valley ( owned by the Navajo Indian Tribe) parked up, signed in for the Wildcat Trail and set off on a 2 ½ hr trail around West Mitten Bute. It was a lovely walk across a desert trail, with loads of wild flowers, a few birds and sheep spotted high up on the Butte. The temperature was perfect – about 70 degrees, cool air and sunshine! Got ... read more
Monument Valley (3)
Upper Antelope Slot Canyon
Colorado River

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