European and UK Adventure 2017 – 1. Santander to Tordesilla

European and UK adventure 2017
THE ROUTE
York, Broadway, Portsmouth, (Brittany Ferries), A. Santander, B. Playa Oyambre, C. Burgos, D. Tordesillas, Salamanca, Toledo, La Mancha, Benidorm, Peniscola/Benicarló, Sitges, l’estartit, Trèbes, St Antonio Noble Val, Sarlat, Brantôme, Ile de Ré, Erdeven, Bénodet, Roscoff, (Brittany Ferries to Portsmouth), Lydford, Truro, Tintagel, Tiverton, Gowerton, St David’s, Harlech, Bury, York
Wednesday 24/5/17
Brittany Ferries. Ship as the Point-Aven. Wonderful crossing with a slight swell going around the Brittany islands about 3am. Showered and refreshed we go down (or was it up) for breakfast just before noon. Clear blue skies and a bit of dolphin watching in the afternoon was amazing whilst travelling through the bay of Biscay. We get into Santander (which looks beautiful from the boat coming into port) at 6.15pm. Disembark and have a nice journey through Cantabria, it was sunshining, unlike 2 years ago.
We arrived first at our overnight stop Playa Olambre, followed by 6 others from our boat. On the advice of the very friendly proprietor we get our evening meal before 9pm as 30 French walkers were eating at 9pm. Wine was 6€ we came back and had another bottle on the terrace. Once we worked out how to move our fitbit clocks forward everything was happy. Burgos has very poor weather forecast though ????
Thursday 25/5/17
We had a good nights sleep and after breakfast and a shower we are off. The scenery was lovely. Very green, hills and valleys, alpine at times. The roads were perfect with no pot holes at all. We arrive at Camping Fuentes Blancas, Burgos at 1.30pm and set up in record time. Time for a shopping trip. Lidl it is to stock up for a few days.
2 cervezas and a packet of crisps when we get back at the site bar, then it’s off to explore.
There is a wonderful cycle track that starts at the campsite and goes straight into the centre of Burgos. It goes through woods on perfect tracks (separate from walkers). The trees that empty loads of fluff everywhere are emptying loads of fluff everywhere. Just like lake Garda last year. At times it looks like snow. 3 km in, a quick look around and back for dinner. BBQ and salad followed by strawberries. Wonderful! It thundered and lightened through the evening so we watched a Catherine Cookson ‘the girl’.
Friday 26/5/17
The forecast says it will rain at 1pm. We decide to get into Burgos early after breakfast at 11am. We park the bikes in the square with the cathedral and have a walk around followed by a coffee. We pay for the cathedral tour 7€ each. Quite stunning with incredible features. I really enjoyed it but we must limit our church tours.
Tapas in the plaza mayor and back for 3.30pm. We walked down a locals street for tapas etc and decide we should try them tomorrow. It didn’t rain until 7pm so we managed a BBQ and salad.
Saturday 27/5/17
We decide to take the awning down early as thunder is expected this afternoon and to cycle the other way up the river. It was really good, all off road but it stopped after a mile. So, we go back to the site and change plans. Let’s walk into Burgos along the river, very nice. We call in at Zara near the bridge but all the shorts are too short. So, have a look in H&M and find shorts and shirts to suit the older (but well preserved) man.
Then it’s off to the street we saw yesterday for tapas. We ordered rationes instead of Tapas. (Big plates.) Mike on meat and me on Salmon. We also had Patatas mixtes with mayo, very naughty and a glass of wine. The walk back was long and we were knackered for the rest of the day.
No appetite for more food so we have herb pasta and strawberries.
Sunday 28/5/17
Packing up and off to Tordesillas by 10.30am. The journey down was ok but the scenery bland and at times industrial with graffiti on buildings, run down hotels and worse. I will say though, the roads are very quiet and very well maintained. We find our camp site ‘camping el astral’ which is by the river and a short distance from the town. We select a great pitch with grass (big enough for two of our outfits). Still waiting for some sunshine, and it seems the thunder is never far away grrrr. A short cycle into the town and a drink in the plaza mayor. Very rustic. Drinks on the veranda were very cheap.
Monday 29/5/17
A lazy day. We walked into the town which wasn’t that interesting. There were some nice views over the river.
Looking forward to Salamanca.

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