Africa at Last

Got the ferry from Tafira ( S Spain) well almost bought tickets but landy did not fit so Emma went off for refund and ticket for ANO ferry but got wrong side of police checkpoint and they didn’t want to let her back – got there in the end.
Confusion in Tanger customs lots of shouting and discussions about pistols, CS gas etc thats all they care about it seems.
Spivs/ touts everywhere. Also police checkpoints and radar traps – their new sport it seems ( we were warned so far so good) All locals clearly regard it as freezing – probably 23c and wearing cray star wars type long hoodies – i like but Emmas not that impressed says my fashion(??) sense is is bad enough. Ladies wera sombrero type hats with fancy edges.
Donkey riding, side sadlle while drumming your heels on its ribs seems standard method of transport. All very green crops well advanced compared to UK 3 months ahead i reckon.

Time for supper – staying at a site about 100ks from Rabat where we spend next few days doing rounds for visas. Your usal correspondant will return tomorrow

France & Spain

We set sail from Plymouth to Roscoff ,it was a lovely smooth crossing and we were the first to drive off the ferry into France. All day was spent driving in warm sunshine until we arrived in a pretty little town called Blaye,on the Gironde estuary, near Bordeaux, here we stayed in a B&B,which was formerly an old merchant’s house,now run by a South African couple.
After a good sleep and breakfast,we took off early,heading for Pampaloma.We thought it would be warm enough to camp that night,but ,could we find a site….oh no, so we slept in a field somewhere,having warmed up a tin of curry we fell asleep exhausted by 8:30 pm !
Headed off at dawn,we had nearly 400 miles of fantastic roads to ourselves ,but sadly with masses of wind turbines to spoil the views. You can see why Spains economy is in trouble they have built/ are building roads everywher and theres no one on them you can travel for miles on your own, its like having your own motorway system ( deluded moi!!).
Found a campsite on the outskirts of Cordoba,we were the only people there,us the owner’s and their pet deer named Bambi,who came to have breakfast with us!The site itself was festooned with flowering Mimosa trees….beautiful.


Having tackled ThePyrenees, I didn’t think mountains could get any more hairy, until we were nearly into Marbella and the mountainous region around Ronda,breathtaking views,but I’m not too good with the heights and sheer drops (especially when Michael spots a bird he likes!)
We are now in Tarifa,catching up on the washing,stocking up with food supplies and generally getting ourselves organised for the ferry across to Morrocco tomorrow .

Mikes spottings – cranes/storks from Bordeaux down wards – just like that program on the TV, Kites – not sure what sort, Flamingos in S Spain and cuckoos from france downwards.
Strange beasts squashed on roads polecats and what look like giant stoats – pine martins?? but quite a lot of them