27/11/89

After a very wet and stormy night, we woke up to find the sky clear and the sea calm. During the night, Russ and Jo’s tent had blown down forcing them to spend most of the night on the floor in the toilet block. Sail had found a dry shed to sleep in and Scotty was asleep in the laundry!

We decided to skip breakfast and stop at a cafe later on so we were away from the camp pretty quickly.

Loaded with food, Malaga, Spain.

About 9:30 we pulled into a Hypermarket¹ on the outskirts of Malaga. The huge building was full of food, wine & edible stuff we had only dreamed about in Africa! We walked around goggle-eyed at the selection of yummies and couldn’t decide what to buy first. In the end, we settled for some bags of chips, bread, cheese, salami and yoghurt.

We hit the road again, stuffing our faces, and drove until about 12:30 when we stopped for a picnic lunch beside a flooded river amongst some wooded hills.

The afternoon was spent wrapped up in our sleeping bags, dozing , so we didn’t see much of the countryside. About 4;30 we stopped at a camping ground on the northern side of Granada. Scotty told us that the truck kitty would pay for the camping to save us all some money, so we set up camp and got a fire going in a barbeque pit then settled down with a few beers while tea cooked. We had splashed out on some fresh veggies and a couple of jars of pasta sauce so the meal of spaghetti with vegetable bolognese sauce made a welcome change to the dehydrated food we have been eating during our last few days in Africa.

After tea, most of the others got up into the truck out of the wind but Mike, Scotty, Sail and I sat round tipping diesel onto the fire to keep it going and telling jokes.

Most of us slept in the truck for added warmth.

¹A hypermarket is a giant supermarket.

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