Distance travelled 346 miles
Sleepyspot Ayora GPS 39.05582 -1.052146
No 1 by The Driver
After breakfast I plumbed in a local tyre place and found one only 2 minutes away. So off we go ..But no tyre place and off to another but they don’t have our size or seemed interested in helping. After another google we ended up at a larger tyre spot from the same group as the unhelpful place.
I girded my loins and with the help of Google translate (conversation) the tyre outlet not only had our size of tyre but 3 options of tyre choice and 2 for winter plus one special snow tyre. I opted for the best regular tyre as they where going on the back non driven axle.
The mechanic was very good and helpful swapping tyres as I required fitting 2 brand new Michelin Aglis to the rear.Plus he checked and corrected tyre pressures all round. I even managed to blow out the fridge chimney which was a bonus. Having dropped Hetty off the jacks he checked the torque on all wheels and gave me a scented thingy for the rear view mirror.
Into the reception again to pay and was liberated of 239 Euros….Nitrogen filled …HD valves and balance which I thought was not too bad. As you cannot ring 5 different franchises and beat them down as in UK. So by midday we were ready to trot.
No2 by The Cook
The Driver found a parking place 750 meters from the Historical side of town .. just in the hospital grounds .. No fee and the only open air parking in town as the rest are underground and Campervan is too high…
It’s warm .. because as usual The Driver like to walk The Cook around at midday .. Mad dogs and English men springs to mind
It’s cafe culture.. lovely cafes in the squares .. and we were so pleased to make the effort to look around Teruel .. It’s gorgeous.. Mudéjar architecture.. very much on the Moorish style .. loved it Towers ..one wonders if as in St Gimiginano it’s status
Part3 by The Cook and The Driver
More Driving …
Fighting our way out of town we eventually started on the N330 which took us into the Good Bad and Ugly country.. very scenic and interesting.The only downside it was narrow and had frequent artics going the other way. After about an hour satnav took us across a bridge(More like sky bridge ) onto the other side of the valley… A wide well tarmaced road and interestingly no more artics for miles and miles. Satnav then took us onto several back roads so narrow they did not even have passing places. Olive trees and vines abounded on both sides …We climbed and climbed and then plateaued out ..what great Vista. In the distance two plumes of steam became visible eventually the downhill arrived ..negotiated between 2nd and occasionally 3rd gear when I felt adventurous. At the bottom of the hill we discovered the steam was from a nuclear power station. The clouds started to develop on the hills and that was the end of the sun for the day. We passed or first potential overnight which looked quite nice and shady ( Jalance 39.1874 -1.0761) very close to the road on a bend but continued on to Ayora 39.0559 -1.05237 which is on a dirt track possibly to a large farm as it sees quite a bit of passing traffic. We wandered into town for a mooch and a beer and discovered a very cheap fuel source to be visited tomorrow plus a do it yourself weigh-bridge for a couple of euros (dare we check we possibly will…)
The clouds have really closed in and during dinner thunder and lightning can be seen in the distance over the castle walls of Ayora