The beginning of our Roadtrip

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Treckin to the beach!

After our slightly uncomfortable night in the hut, Pablo came to pick us up and with no time for breakfast, we drove to Ferrol. Well, appointed drivers, Ben, Alex, Lori & myself. Pablo had hired us a huge 7 seater SangYong for us to treck around Portugal & Spain for the next few days. We had two disappointments, the car was standard (manual) which only left Ben as driver. Bugger! Havent been behind the wheel in nearly 6months and I was looking forward to my first european experience of driving on the wrong friggen side of the road. Didn't get the chance to find out if I would fail though, as Ben was 'Deso Dave' for the next 3 days. Oh yeah, second disappointment, we only had the car for 3 days, not 4.

4 Blind mice...
From there we thought it'd make more sense to leave out the desert beach, even though that hurt, but we'd never have the time! Lastly, although we knew this.. we weren't insured to drive this beast of a vehicle. It was up to Ben to keep the 6 of us, and the car, alive for the next few days!

We drove back (slowly, much to Pablo's frustration) to Cedeira, Ben getting a feel for the car. When we got back to Pablos we had a little brunch and shots of homemade liquer as it was Alex's birthday! After that we were pretty happy to all wander to one of the coves we'd seen the day before for a swim! It was beautiful. You had to climb down a huge wooden staircase to get there, but we had the little sandy cove all to ourselves. It was great! There's also a crumbling fortress type construction around the corner that we climbed to and explored.

Alex, Lori & I
. trying not to gag on the smell of a sheep carcass that had gotten in and drowned. It was a rough climb but once we got to a nice area of rocks it was a beautiful view! Ben enjoyed bouncing of the rocks, like the mountain goat he was in a former life. Ruby & Lori however opted not to risk death or disfigurement. Once we'd finished rock climbing Lori and I tried to go swimming but the shallows were full of rocks. I hate not being able to see what I'm walking on and we kept slipping and falling. We followed Pablo out and eventually found sand. It was a nice, relaxing swim, the water cool and not too salty. Eventually we headed back into shore though, me scraping my knee against the rocks and baked like lizards for awhile. Poor Lauro, by the time we got back to Pablo's house the poor guy had a minor sunstroke and was feeling really ill.
In our beast.. Ruby's constand Cheetos addiction!
So we packed up our stuff, grocery shopped and showered, hoping he'd feel better for us to leave that night.

By 5am he seemed a little better but insisted he was ready to rock and roll, so we packed up, and following Pablo to the correct motorway, pissed off to Portugal! It was fun crossing the border even...simple things hey. We knew we wouldn't be able to go too far as the sun would be nearly set by 10pm so we drove, taking a lot of service stops along the way (*chuckle, chuckle*) to a little town Pablo wanted us to head to, Viana do Castelo. Our first annoyance in Portugal was the tolls. Tip for future car treckers through Portugal - don't go the motorways. They flog you in tolls. Eventually after draining our cash kitty we got to Viana do Castelo and our first stop was the beautiful church on the hill, the Cathedral Santa de Luzia.

Somehow we found our way up there and as it was late, we were practically the only tourists there as we watched the last buses leave. The church itself is beautiful but the view from that hill is what made us all stick around to watch the sunset. It was stunning!! It overlooked the town, harbour and ocean. The lights twinkling from the darkening town made a gorgeous contrast to sunsetting over the ocean. We noticed though that there was a chill in the air and it was quite windy. Hmm.. definately sleeping in the car tonight. Once the sun had set, we wanted to find food as we were all hungry. Lauro was keen for McDonalds (this is a reoccuring theme, the fast food addiction). Lori was pretty sure she'd seen a sign for Maccas at the Estacion (train station) so we headed back towards that area.

After doing some driving around and getting a little lost we finally got there. This place was huge and apparently open til very late! There were all types of shops and a massive food court. We settled on Pizza hut and enjoyed our internationally known fastfood. We stayed there for quite awhile, I cant even remember what the time was when we left but we figured we'd come back in the morning to clean up, etc.

It was now time to find somewhere to crash for the night.. and we really werent sure of where to go. We drove down to the waterfront, and parked up in the harbour carpark. But it just didn't feel safe, so we drove around looking for the campgrounds Lori had spotted a sign for earlier. Eventually we found it, simply an area you could legally park up and stay for the night near a park.

Rubz and I.
Us girls got out the car and started drinking on the pavement. The guys however, having their deep&meaningfuls in the car, spotted some creepy looking characters who seemed to be paying our little crew a bit of attention. Freaked out again, we decided to bail and drive back up the hill towards the church, in search of a safer, quieter, and darker place to stay the night.

We pulled onto some gravel on the side of the road which overlooked the town, and felt a lot safer. Lori though was pretty freaked out by a little shrine across the road from us, which held burning candles in red jars. 'Devil Candles' as she labelled them. I thought they were quite pretty but Lori was having none of it and it was entertaining to spook her out for awhile.

'Specially Rubys weird little anecdotes about the devil scaring children in the night. Good one Rubs.. really calmed her down with that one. We all tried to lay our chairs as flat as they could go without squashing the person behind us and sleep. Alex and I had the attached back seat but couldn't push it right back as all our bags were in the back. So we took turns at stretching out and napping for about an hour. It was so uncomfortable. Possibly the worst sleep I've ever had was that night.

 

 

 

lauro says:
HAHAHAHAHHA SORRY HAN I HAD TO READ THIS AGAIN

DEVILS CANDLES hahahahaha
Posted on: Jul 04, 2010
lauro says:
i so fucking love this! hannah i have tears of joy in my eyes now! hahahhahahahahahahaha

"Ben enjoyed bouncing of the rocks, like the mountain goat he was in a former life."

i thought he was a prairie dog. hahahahaha
Posted on: Jul 28, 2008
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Treckin to the beach!
Treckin to the beach!
4 Blind mice...
4 Blind mice...
Alex, Lori & I
Alex, Lori & I
In our beast.. Rubys constand Che…
In our beast.. Ruby's constand Ch…
Rubz and I.
Rubz and I.
The setting sun from the top of th…
The setting sun from the top of t…
Our secret little cove.
Our secret little cove.
At our little cove.
At our little cove.
Rock climbing!
Rock climbing!
Catchin some sun!
Catchin some sun!
Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo
Pablo & Lauro
Pablo & Lauro
Bakin! =D
Bakin! =D
Those stairs...
Those stairs...
Viana do Castelo
photo by: hannah-lou