Set off this morning at 7.30 from site for the long haul towards home. Sunny and bright all the way, once we cleared Malaga no real traffic to speak of. We passed the time counting the giant ‘Osborne Bull’ hoardings that are everywhere and that saw us through to a lunch stop at a service area.
After lunch Madrid was looming. Sat Nav in charge so pressure was off me. We followed it exactly and found ourselves on the R4 – Iain was concerned not another car on there – in fact all the cars were on the motorway that ran parallel – ahh good reason we are the only silly sods on the toll road! Well for €6.50 we drove alongside the very light traffic on the non toll road for about 12 miles literally yards apart. Then we re-joined the motorway and hit Madrid.
Oh my God what chaos – too many motorways to count and roads off everywhere. Ayrton Senna Baxter at the wheel and flew past our exit, well Mrs Sat Nav did forget to tell him to exit till we were a few yards too far over. So a quickish detour into Madrid (never again) and a few frayed nerves from us both and we got back on the right road. As we left the city mayhem stopped to top up with diesel and Iain bought us a celebratory kitkat each – the high life for us:)
To be fair Iain gets promoted from Head of Logistics to Chairman of Logistics for his brilliant drive through the city – nerves of steel whereas my nerves were shot to pieces. Hardly a cross word (hardly not none) but we both blamed Sat Nav as she can’t argue back.
So now we are 40 miles north of Madrid and at campsite – arrived at 5pm. Its blowing a gale and very cold and a bit of a dump. Doesn’t really matter as we are up early again tomorrow as still 5 hours drive to get to Santander – oh the joy of leaving it to the last 2 days :). Ferry leaves at 5pm so we should make it – if not its another week in Spain so not that bad if we miss it!
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