Spain again.

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ayamonte....a Spanish town at the entrance to the Rio Guadiana where the Bimini frame was repaired and we heard about a place upriver where you could anchor called Alcoutim.

The town of Ayamonte was of typical Spanish style with an open square, lots of narrow roads and alleyways with the cafes and shops clustered close to the square.  We had a wander through the streets and stopped for a drink before heading back to the boat to check the next day's passage upriver of 20 n miles.

The Bimini was all back together again by 1330 and by 2pm we were off upriver to Alcoutim.  As you leave the marina and head up river there is a road bridge that spans with a maximum clearance height of 18m at MHWS  (Mean high water springs...i.e the highest tide possible) that we had to clear.  You can only clear it if you go under at the right time or your mast gets snapped off!  Oh joy, we did clear it but a yacht the day before had suffered damage. 

So we continued up the river with some fabulous scenery as we went along.  3 hours later we reached Alcoutim only to realise that it wasn't the right place so we continued another 7 miles further to Pomerau which was.  A dam had been built where the river split and a small community lived on the river side there.  We tied up on the pontoon and rested awhile in the shade because the day had been scorching hot.  A local man came down to the river's edge and went for a swim and then some children arrived and they had some fun splashing about with a ball.

Steve and I were going to try and find the beach area by the dam that we were told about and first stopped at the small bar above the water's edge for some ice cold beer.  We started walking but the heat was just too much so I'm afraid that I wasn't going any further so we turned back and headed to the bar again!  A very pleasant couple of hours was spent there watching the Olympics on the TV and enjoying the company.  We had a meal there too of cod, chips and egg but not as you and I know it!  Still it was delicious and only a few euros.

 At 9pm we were back onboard and drifted down river for an hour to anchor for the night.

We dropped anchor at 10pm and went for a cooling dip and then had a solar shower on deck to clean up.  It was so quiet lying in the cockpit you could only hear the gentle sound of Thunderbird 3 swishing on the river.  The full moon rose up over the hilltop as we sat there and thought of how simple life can be if you want it to be.
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Pauline and Roly on

Sounds like heaven Jilly! love the photos, don't forget the suncream!,
love, us xx x

James on

All sounds like you've having a lovely and generally quite relaxing time. Can't wait to hear about the next adventure.

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