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A Chilly Day in Calatayud – Day 28
Sunday 9th August 2009 – Spain
The thunder and lightning raged for a long while, eventually letting up at around midnight. For some strange reason, my alarm had set itself for midnight, and as I awoke, startled by the unexpected ringing in my ears, the rain had all but stopped. Oddly, though, people then began to come out of their tents and carry on their conversations. Kids even started playing again around the campsite. Don’t these people ever sleep!?
It wasn’t long before the rain started again, and I sat and watched for a while. The lightning was fierce, and at one point a bolt of light travelled down from the clouds in an almost straight line, and appeared the hit the mountains beside us. There was a thick glow at the base as it struck, and instantly, the crack of thunder shook the ground like a mini earthquake. We were directly underneath at this point.
As morning came, the rain had passed, although the clouds lingered, and lingered all morning, bringing a much cooler start to the day. I had put the car under the shelter this time around as I opted for a cooler car rather than a cooler tent, as the food didn’t last 5 minutes in a hot car. For this reason, the car was absolutely filthy this morning. The rain had lashed down on the shelter, pushing the dead leaves that were gathered there, through the mesh and onto the roof of the car. The brown muck left a coat on the car that I was keen to get rid of as soon as possible. I was glad it wasn’t the tent in the same situation, as this would be a lot harder to clean I think.
The day constantly threatened more rain, the clouds happy to just sit above us. Low cloud circled the nearby mountains, and I wasn’t going to risk venturing out for a walk as I had hoped. Instead I parked myself in the chair again all day, not able to get anything at the shops for it being a Saturday.
Another English couple arrived with their family. They had driven from the Pyrenees this morning, and said they had big storms there all night. It seems nobody escaped these storms. It left the air very cool, almost cold, and gave me no option but to dress in trousers and a jumper, which was totally different to every day of the trip so far.
Night time came and I went to sleep hoping tomorrow would bring better fortune, and I would have my bank card once and for all, but I wasn’t holding out any hope, not this time.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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