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Awaycation Summer 2024 - Day 11 Part Two

A day of windmills and castles!

Once away from the aire the first stop was the Galp fuel station. With diesel on offer at €1.349 a litre it was an offer we couldn't refuse. Although the gauge showed over three-quarters of a tank this is cheap. Most stations passed are some 20¢ more.

Then Ohrex took us all the way to Toledo and the Mirador opposite the old city without a hiccup. We were lucky that a space opened up across the road from the mirador itself. In the shade. Perfect. I left the Canon in the van and used my phone.

Looking out my driver's door the view was a little spoiled by the electric pylon...

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Reggie didn't seem in the mood to spend any time outside other than a quick widdle, and so we left him inside when we crossed to get the view of the river and the sights of the Alcazar and Cathedral.

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We had lunch here before setting off for the windmills and castle at Consuegra. Today the roads have been nearly all autovias. Dual carriageways with 120kmh limits. So we were able to cover the longer distances more easily.

As we entered the town there was another fuel station. This one offering diesel at €1.339 a litre. It would be a fool to refuse such an offer. So I took it. At home in Kent it's £1.539 when we set off. This offer makes a litre £1.15!

The waypoint I set for the windmills looked right nearby on the map. What Google Maps didn't take into account is elevation!!

The windmills and castle are built on top of a mountain. Luckily we discovered a signpost and followed a tourist coach. The coach sped up the hill but halfway up is a parking area. There were about ten or more vans already there. It's demarcated with logs, but very uneven. No services open. There were loos but they were locked.

By the closed information office is a road sign saying only authorised vehicles past here. It didn't seem to apply to several cars and even motorhomes that saved them the lung busting trek up the hill.

More photos. Reggie in the van as he was a refusnik withing 50 yards!

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And then to Alcazar de San Juan. The free aire is at the back of the Carrefour car park. There are six marked spaces with free electric hook-up. It even has all the water services and a drive-over grey water dump.

We arrived around 1630. Parked up and went into the store for provisions.

It's quite noisy until the store closes. Across the car parking is a Burger King. Evidence of this are the bags and wrappers with their logo!

There is also a jet washing area. Bay 6 has a high roof and an elevated walkway for higher vehicles. I found the pay controls but not how much. We probably don't have change but it would be good to clean the roof lights and solar panel.

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Tomorrow we aim towards the east and our next stop at a campsite near Valencia.

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:11 Archived in Spain

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