The next couple of weeks are spent firstly entering Portugal in the south east and traversing the country east to west in search of an elusive solar panel...
This would have been our preferred entry point directly in the tiny hamlet of Pomarao
50m from the border (and Pom) there's a bit of a landslide sealing the countries off from one another
The diggers came then went apparently after a few days work so who knows when they'll return as there's a shed load of support work to be done here
We had to enter Portugal much farther north via Serpa & Beja which was fine as we got a few washes done and topped up the LPG
We settle in right in front of Russ (Aka Nobby) and Lynne for the next week
The mornings begin with river fog then give way to glorious chest exposing sunshine...
One of several river craft that call this tranquil place home
Another fire, another roaring success...
Walking is done of course along that rugged ex rail line
A 'Lost' moment (and a good spot for a 3G signal)
A really nice group meal organised by that guy in the corner
I have enormous respect for Ean and he reminds me so much of my old dad with the exception that this guy likes interacting with me..
I guess so many guys have had the same woes with their fathers and if he were alive today he'd probably be as mellow and wise as Ean
Nina & Lynne provide cheerful smiles..
Moddey studies the movements of a certain ship's dog he's took a dislike to
Lunchtime filler at nearby Mertola sat in blinding sunshine
After a couple of days recharge and general servicing at Castro Verde campsite (including a memorable 'Who wants to be a Millionaire" night with Russ & Lynne ) we head right across to FF Solar near Aljezur on the west coast
The panel is out of stock but expected soon so we have three nights at the beautiful Odeceixe
See what I mean?
The nights are remarkably cold and the socks are worn in bed!
A nip round to the solar guys reveals that they are still waiting so we head south to Vila do Bispo as the panel is imminent apparently
Whilst there we visit Lagos on Max and spend a really nice afternoon strolling the town and settling down in a marina bar
The site here is a good find, particularly on the crammed Algarve and after just ten minutes of arrival the solar guys ring to say the panel's in....
We're not rushing back so it will wait till next week!