16th November 2011 Cabo de Palos

The bicycles were uncovered and washed today before setting off from site to the little village/port of Cabo de Palos.  There is a service road that runs parallel with the main dual carriageway so we were able to cycle pretty much unhindered the 6km there.  Having found the harbour we walked to the lighthouse (Faro) with a view to walking up it.

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However, we decided to continue round the coastline and savoured the gorgeous views out across the Mediterranean Sea, where windsurfers and sailboats were out.  The coastline is made up of all sorts of wonderful colours on account of the rich minerals in the earth, most of which has been mined.  Further along the coast at Portman there is a massive clean up operation to clear the beach of toxic materials.  When they used to mine here they dumped the ‘waste’ on the beach making it black in colour but now with the help of EU funding they’re cleaning the beach and dumping the waste back into the mine shafts.

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As we came down to the harbour we noticed a few cafe bars open so we made our way back there and enjoyed some pizza and coffee, sat by the sea.  The place we ate was called Busques and for two pizzas and coffee it came to around 8 euros, and the ladies serving were lovely – a real nice atmosphere.

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After lunch we started to cycle along ‘the strip’ but only did 2km of the 19km in total and decided we’d save it for another day, probably on the motorbike!  We did a few detours on the way back, but Dean finally sniffed out the route back (he’s got a good memory thankfully) and after a shower we headed off in the evening to a Fish & Chip night laid on by the Carefree Stewards – lovely!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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2 Responses to 16th November 2011 Cabo de Palos

  1. Gerri says:

    Hi thankyou for the lovely pics we are on the rally also hope to meet you one day

  2. Dean says:

    Hello and thanks for your comments! Hope you’re having a lovely time as we assume you’re already here?

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