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Next Stop, Leon in Spain – Day 8
Monday 20th July 2009 – Spain
Looked at my map before setting off today to be more sure about where i was going. I wanted to go to Leon, as it didn’t seem too far away. It looked as if it might be just down one road, trouble is, it was a very long road.
Using my rough guide book, i decided to program the address into my sat nav for both the Hostel and the information place in Leon. I decided to give a hostel a try this evening. With everything saved to the sat nav i felt a bit happier, and hoped this meant i wouldn’t get hopelessly lost again. I needed shopping, money and fuel, so off i went.
Along the main road, a sign informing me of a fuel station looked very appealing, so i followed it…….and followed……….and so on until eventually i ended up in a little town, with no fuel to be seen. Although the signs lead me here, i couldn’t now find any more signs for the fuel station. I used sat nav, and it guided me back towards Somo to a previous town that i had already passed. After getting the fuel i had to join a one way system that lead me for miles out of my way, ARGHH!
Eventually back on track, and slightly angry by this point, it wasn’t long before i settled back into the driving. It was a good drive up and down through the mountains, past small towns at very high altitude, and across large, open stretches of dusty land, almost dessert like. The heat was incredible, and i was sure i was melting.
I arrived at Leon to find a very condensed and industrial city, driving around wasn’t much fun. Arrived at the exact location of the hostel, only to find a derelict building with boarded up windows. So i headed for the information place. It seemed every road worker in Spain was in Leon city today, because every other road was being dug up, which resulted in many road closures, detours and new roads. All in all the sat nav had a breakdown, and i wasn’t able to even get to the info place to see if it was still there or not. Had to run a search for the nearest campsite while stopped at some traffic lights, and then fought my way out of the city to get to the site. When i arrived at the destination, it was just a building site lol lol lol.
After banging my head on the steering wheel a few times, i turned around and started to just drive. I wasn’t sure what i was going to do next, but as luck would have it i saw signs for another campsite nearby, so i followed, and i hoped, and found myself in a very nice and new campsite. It was lovely. Set amongst the trees with plenty of shelter from the sun, and with a beautifully cool swimming pool, it was just what i needed after the day I’d just had. I sat and had a nice cold drink outside the cafe in the centre of the site.
The evening was cool and the wind gently rocked the trees as i just sat and closed my eyes. This is what it’s all about. I played my guitar and chilled for the remainder of the evening, hoping tomorrow would be less stressful, but for this moment i was happy just to sit and listen.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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