A flat welcome
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With Andrew navigating, we somehow miss the A246 which will take us to an area that we know will have camping and local transport into the city. Find ourselves driving right through the middle of Barcelona on a Monday afternoon public holiday and huge areas of the road undergoing road works with deviations to decipher in Spanish. Suddenly a fellow motorist tells me that I have a tyre going flat on the right hand rear and we pull over immediately into the left hand lane where I was attempting to do a left hand turn at traffic lights on a one way street!
Put out the warning triangle and don the reflective vests required by European law. Andrew losens the wheel nuts and jacks up the van as the tyre continues to deflate while I lower the spare and try to locate the lock nut key! I have to ring Greg back in Lee-on-Solent Hampshire and he tells me about the secret compartment on the back floor covered by carpet.
Find the ring road and Castelldefries with great difficulty and a camp ground. After pitching the tent and soaking our washing we walk to the beach, have some pizza and beer. Wake next morning to another flat mattress. We are under a flight path and the planes start taking off at 7am on the dot. Drive around to find a tyre place as the puncture was in the sidewall and therefore is not repairable.
Many of Gaudi's buildings are featured on the tour and they remind me of Alice in Wonderland type of thing. Turrets and wiggly shapes. To end our day in the city we walk through La Rambla with thousands of others looking at the shops and stalls. Bus back for dinner and a long sleep. France is tomorrow's destination.