Costa del Plastico

Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Our time in Almerimar has been productive. Quest is now looking like a vessel outfitted for an ocean crossing. We have bags of fresh produce hanging around the main cabin, cans of meats and veggies and fruit and bags of rice and noodles galore. We were enlightened by Mike on Gilana that the food prices were much better here than in Gibraltar and so we rented a car and shopped! At the first store, we had a cart full of stuff and a British gentleman in the next aisle leaned over and simply said, "Atlantic crossing?"

Almerimar is a small coastal town that seems mostly populated with Brits. The boat harbor is the biggest we've been in, but every third boat or so is listed for sale. I guess the Brits sail here and then decide cruising is not for them. I'll bet someone could make a very good deal buying a boat here.

The pilot book tells about the acres of plastic that can be seen from the water and we have a close up view here. The plastic covers commercial gardens and we've had some very wonderful produce. The name for this stretch of coast is, "Costas del Sol" The yachties call it, "Costas del Plastico" or another name I heard was "Costas No Soul". The wind certainly has been strong the whole time we've been here and we're anxious to pull away from the dock and continue on.

I was told that a woman on a yacht had some netting that she wanted to get rid of, and we've been using it to make our fruit hammocks. I walked over to her boat and she gladly gave me the netting. She was (of course) British, and delightful. She offered me a ride to the corner in her car. I walked towards the passenger side and she said, "No, dear, you have to go to the other side". What was I expecting? A British woman, a British car. It was a bit different to be on the "drivers side" while the wheel was on the other side. The woman said it was the first time she'd driven the car here since her husband usually drives and she has to keep reminding herself, keep to the right. Luckily it was a short trip. As I was getting out, she said her husband knew of a sailor who kept his boat in Alaska and maybe I could keep an eye out for him. His name is Gary. I asked if that was his first name or last. She didn't know. So, if any of you Alaskans see Gary, be sure to tell him that the lady with the blue netting said hello.

Yesterday I finally had a chance to get my hair cut. It hasn't been cut since I hacked at it on the dock in Greece. We noticed a salon in the shopping mall near the grocery store. I went in and had my hair cut by a woman who spoke no English. I was a bit nervous, but it came out just fine - and only cost around $18.

We've met several boats here who are gradually working their way to Gibraltar and the Canaries. They are planning to spend Christmas and the New Year in the Canaries and we are thinking this is a good plan. It is about 750 miles from Gibraltar to the Canaries, so it will give us an inkling of what the longer passage will be like. We will probably join up with this group of boats and plan on spending the holidays in the Canaries and then crossing in January.

One day as I was waiting for the internet café to open up, I saw a man ride by on a bicycle. No big deal, except that this man had a parrot sitting on the front basket. Arrrggh.
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