IN SEARCH OF ERNEST AND LOTS OF BULL

GPS PAMPLONA 42.821038 -1.656840

Blogged by The Driver

Leaving an overcast Santander’s excellent sleepy spot. We headed out of town towards Pamplona. As we climbed up an up and ever upwards the rain and clouds became our only view. It was warm and cosy in Hetty the wipers beating a steady beat.

The coords for the aire by the fire station took us to the wrong side but a bit of a shuffle and we found our way in up to the barrier which raised like a drawbridge. I drove straight to the services to top up with water but as the rain had not abated I had to don my ghouls outfit to do the fill(quite appropriate as its hallowe’en today).

Then park up …plug in electric and go to be confused by the pay machine. Card payment €10 for all services per day. Now it’s into the gadget cupboard for slow cooker ,kettle and 🔥 fire. Pork apple and stuffing is planned for supper as we have electricity.We like to get our money’s worth.

Next morning we togged up and with brolly and a rucksack full of waterproofs off we went.

The driver promptly walked The Cook one mile in the wrong direction. We waved at Hetty as we walked back in the right direction with the bull ring

The Bull Ring

plugged into my phones google maps. Unfortunately as we came into the town the high buildings masked the gps and we discovered Pamplona doesn’t provide direction signs for tourists and of coarse we don’t have a map Eventually we located our destination Ernest Hemingway statue and Bulls

..On to the main square where Ernest regularly came to get pissed. Thankfully this was in the right direction for a return to Hetty as we were pretty bushed. We had covered 6 miles. Taking off our boots to allow our throbbing feet to relax and check the Cook for blisters. Ps it didn’t rain ☔️.on the way back

We decided that Pamplona didn’t deserve any more effort ..packed up Hetty and tried to leave but the barrier would not let us out . On phoning the help line I found that I didn’t leave a space for the registration number on signing in and the computer didn’t recognise us this interpreted by a Spaniard waiting to leave behind us .Anyway after a short delay we headed for our next destination San Sebastian.

The journey was very very downhill Hetty coasting against engine at 70+ mph and The Cook saying slower slower. The view of the hills was very nice and autumnal colours lovely but lacking sunshine between lots and lots of tunnels.BUT it’s nice to have a mainly free journey as far as fuel is concerned says The Driver.

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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