70 Days and counting / by Paul

  Rooftops in Gruissan, France

Rooftops in Gruissan, France

So its been nearly 40 days and close to 2,500 miles travelled in the van since I last sat down to write a blog entry so it’s probably safe to say it has slightly slipped down the list of priorities while we've been on the road.

I’m currently staring down at a list I’ve been keeping of each place we’ve stayed in the van, something which I thought would come in handy when writing my regular blog entries…

However, here I sit, in a field near Girona, Spain trying to put together some words on what we got up to in French towns like Bonleiu or Gruissan.

I’ll summarise a little and can confirm a plethora lakes, mountains, beaches and bars were heavily involved in the large majority of all the locations.

We managed to watch two stages of the Tour de France which was an incredible if not rather long experience. Hiking half way up a mountain to sit and wait for a group of roughly 200 cyclists to race past might not seem the most entertaining way to spend a day but I think (and hopefully Lara does too) it was worth it. That seems like a lifetime ago when writing about it now.

  Team Sky's Sebastian Henao

Team Sky's Sebastian Henao

As ever, some of the most best places we’ve stayed and visited have been places we’ve literally stumbled across whether it’s the fantastically named Peniscola (which turns out was a regular Game of Thrones filming location) or the mountain range close to La Senia, where we went for a rather long cycle through the whole mountain range.

  Storm Clouds above Peñíscola

Storm Clouds above Peñíscola

To give you up an update of how the van is coping with all these miles and mountains we’ve currently needed to fix/replace:

  • All four tyres
  • Two engine coolant tubes (I think thats what you call them)

I should add a caveat here when I say ‘we’ve’,  I mean a variety of lovely Spanish men have achieved these jobs. I however must take credit for selotaping the headlight back into place after it kept falling out. So far so good on that one…

Up next is a fantastic weekend of football. Thank you Lara! Tomorrow we're seeing Girona FC's first ever game in La Liga against Athletico Madrid and then on Sunday it's Barcelona v Real Betis.

See you in another 40 days or so...