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Monday, 31 October 2016


10 October - 25 October
The much talked about ROAD TRIP
Finally enacted - one week's notice and we're off!!
Powered by Audi TT two seats a big motor and a small boot - like biking without the pain

The plan

Some one night stands, a few days with friends, some beach life
Bye bye Blighty
Hello Tours - evening out at Le Bouchon Touringeaux the city throbs with students and Loire Valley Tourist Types - buzzing
Hotel Castel Fleuri a winner!
 Morning stroll over the Loire bridge back over to the old town

Loire Light Art

In Perigeuex
Evening meal bit different from Tours contrast - big place, but just us in!

D road motoring
Typical ditches and trees

Just like the good old Guzzi days out at half past France

Old city

Night view spectacular

Last stop  at Sitges before meet up with V&R.  No pics it was peeing down!

In the Olive Groves in the shadow of El Ports de Beseits
R&V's place

Remote spot

Great outlook

Beach day at Ampolla


BBQ back at the ranch!


Great walk out in El Portes

Plenty of Exposure........


Nice trip to Xerta for a calming cortado and a stroll to the mighty Ebro

Monday coffee morning with the locals in
El Reguers
Then Tortosa for Menu Del Dia at 4 Camins
Top Value!


Tuesday 11.10 - on to Sitges
Some scenes

In the Marina

Hot little spot for two small cold beers

I believe in mermaids too.....

Some scenes from the day trip to Barcelona

Placa de Catalunya

At la Sagrada Familia

Placa Real
Tapas lunch in the Cerverceria Catalana
Only 950 miles away....

Barcelona Arc de Triomf

Estacione de Franca

Saturday - last day
Great morning walk along the front and back

Sunday Morning 23/10

Ready go get ON THE MOVE....

Last stop in Espana

In the old city

Lovely eats at Num 37 Rue Trivalle

View from the Hotel Rapiere

On to Tours for the last overnight, again at Castel Fleuri

Eat out again at Le Bouchon Tourangeaux

Trams coming and going on the Pont Wilson over the mighty Loire
Approaching Dieppe in improving weather

Sorted!  Parked up for lunch on the harbour at a very civilised 14.15
Ferry at 18.00

Striking church - boosters ready for launch heavenwards

Our boat ready for loading

  Hoveward Bound
 Last sunset of a great trip....

More pics here

Friday, 7 October 2016

Neat Repeats

Thursday October 6th
NB returns.  Another great forecast.  Borrowdale beckons, arrive at sunny Bowderstone car park at a leisurely 11.15.  Four large minivans already parked - uh-oh!   As feared our prime crag already festooned with ropes and excited youngsters.  Back to car to consider plan B.  Seathwaite Slabs?  Glaciated Slab?  Both too late for the walk in.  Shepherds Crag?  Castle Rock?  Too many visits this year already.  Spotted another great lump of rock looming darkly above the car park.  Why not hot foot up there?
Quayfoot Buttress

NB moves confidently on P1 of the classic Quayfoot Buttress (VD **)

Another climber on high up on P2 of Aberration

Gloomy rock but great setting

NB on P2

A delicate traverse then a tricky move up left

This pitch was sopping last time!

More gear before another shiny move


Belay shared with climbers starting P2 of The Crypt (HVS 5a)

Our route completed in good order, exposed descent needing care

Back to the sunny car park for a late lunch and regroup

Quayfoot Buttress
Dotted line - route goes behind
Red           - belay
Blue          - to descent path
(Optional ab from in situ tat, not today thank you) 

Plenty of time for more sport, so wandered across to the sun soaked rock of :-
Wodens Face.
Another Borrowdale Multicrag day!
Thankfully now clear of the young ones

Cheeky climbing in the late afternoon sun

Finished up the right hand crack - always gone left before

Winding down

The route swallows gear until 2/3 height

Then it's no place for wimps

Details as per new Borrowdale Guide
All very tidy
(*) NB led both pitches

Don't mention the Rope Mix Up
Or the Flask Incident
(The walk in clearly wasn't long enough to do just the once)
Or NB's Wandering Bongs