“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Day 20 – 24th May 2009 – Sunday. Camping Paysan still.

Awesome thunder show last night – forks of pink lightening straight across the sky in front and above us followed by loads of loud rumbling all around us. We had to get up again at 2am to close the pop top, because the wind was shaking the van so much.
We got up today to slightly brighter weather, although still no sun and can no longer see the mountains through the mist. Staying on another night here as we have grown to like the view and the serenity. Saw a black redstart here yesterday and had another go with my macro lens practising on a poor snail that really didn’t want to be photographed in the bright light of day.
Ant had a quick check in the engine bay (looking for a distributor number to find out the timing settings I think) but also noticed that the accelerator cable was rubbing on some piping and wearing it away, so he improvised a shield with our empty bean can and some cable ties, will check it again after a bit of driving tomorrow. We are hoping to find somewhere with a tumble dryer and internet access tomorrow so we can stop a few more nights in France before we cross over. Need to brush up on my Spanish!

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