Flashback Friday – Rescuing a Motorhome Stuck in a Tree

While we’re back at home in the UK, we’re reliving some of our favourite and memorable places and posts with you.

This week it is the turn of the night in Muros, Spain when we got several nationalities together and set about rescuing a motorhome that was wedged under a branch on a campsite. It might be worth a read if you ever find yourself or a neighbour in a similar situation.

 

Drinks with the gang after rescuing a motorhome

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We are here; for the (very) observant among you, you’ll notice we’re only about 3km from out last camping spot: N42.77503 W9.05659.

Weather: gloriously sunny and warm. No, not really. This is Galacia in December, it’s raining and misty. I’ve developed a ‘Galacia face’ – see attached photo. We hear from Chris back in the UK that it’s snowing in Scotland, so we’re not complaining.

Last night turned out quite eventful! We stepped out of the van to meet up with Chris, Tina, Mark and Jackie when it became clear there was a rather large motorhome wedged under a rather low tree a few meters from us. We’d heard a loud cracking noise earlier but had assumed it was a passing car or motorbike backfiring as we’d got the curtain’s closed. What had actually happened was this:

1. A lovely South African couple had arrived at the site in their rented motorhome – Buks and Sonja.
2. They’d parked up for the night. All good at this point.
3. They’d tried to get on the campsite wifi in the evening, only to find they were too far away. To get a decent signal they’d decamped to drive closer to the reception and had accidentally got the van stuck under a tree, easy done in the dark.

A Spanish fella was helping them get out by deflating a tyre, but it wasn’t enough, they were well and truly wedged in. Sonja came up with a great idea: get all of us in the back of the van to weigh it down. Next thing I know, I’m in the double bed in their van with Ju, Tina, Sonja and Jackie. Oh, how my day had suddenly improved! : )

With the guys hanging off the back of the van outside, Buks finally managed to drive the van out. A rather large piece of the roof had snapped off, but it appeared to be purely cosmetic and the roof remained watertight; a good thing as he’d still got to drive across another couple of countries.

With the tyre re-inflated, we now had a party of eight and headed off to a couple of local bars and a resturant for tapas and beer. Turns out Buks and Sonja live on a private game reserve in a small town in South Africa, and are travelling across Europe as a ‘motorhome test vacation’ to see how they like it. We all regaled Buks with stories of us damaging (crashing/blowing up/scratching/renting and getting back knackered/having awning ripped off) our motorhomes, which I think he appreciated.

Waking up to a raging hangover, and a van **still** full of semi-dry towels and jeans, we decided to move from the campsite but not to drive to Santiago. It’ll be pretty shut on a Sunday anyway, so we’ve drive about 3km to Muros. As Ju pays up, we find ourselves being charged €18 for two nights (we’d assumed it was €18 a night). Bargain!

Muros is a lovely working fishing port and we’re parked up looking out over the boats (fully expecting a 4am wake-up call as the fishermen arrive for work). The weather’s pretty poor, although it’s not rained for the past hour or two which bodes well for an evening wander.

We’ve patched together a bit of a plan for the next few days:

1. Hit the campsite in Santiago de Compostella tomorrow. Talk of a heated swimming pool has us excited, and the guys from the last campsite should all be there too.
2. Head a couple of hours south east on Tuesday to a small place called Os Peares, near Ourense. Lonely Planet talks of a good 45km drive along a gorge cut by the Rio Sil, good views, monasteries and the like.
3. At some point next week, head for Tui at cross into Portugal, the land of the sun, more LPG stations than Spain and cheap campsites. Heaven.

Blimey! A plan? Let’s see what actually happens!

Cheers, Jay

3 Comments

  1. Haha … having spent the better part of last month reading your blog from the very first entry (ask me anything you might have forgotten … yes you do know the T4rdis travellers, you meet up with them briefly early in your travels – just in case someone else asks if you know them, like the lady a year or so back :-) ) feeling a little alone, back there in time, and here we are: everyone is now back in time with you!

    So, G’day! I was thinking it would be a Yay! moment when I caught up but it is also a Sob! moment cos the great readathon is now over. I second-thousandth the comments from grateful readers about the appreciation for all the time and effort you put into your blog! It has been wonderful! Although I was almost driven to messaging you about me making a contribution to your freedom fund if you would only go back and change out the God-awful thumbnail photo of Jay during the first great beard removal …. it came up in just about every ‘related post’ grouping for the next two or three years!

    And now, I am here with no Next Post button to push … *sigh” … Facebook will have to keep me up-to-date in real time. Best wishes, team!

    Don’t forget to drop into Queensland when you finally make it to the Land of Oz. Although if you don’t like long distance driving, Australia may not be the place for you for very long! :-)

  2. I’ve been following you guys for a while now and have picked up plenty of tips on where to go and stay. We (SWMBO and Milly the Springer) will be making our first extended trip next year, as I’m eligible for a sabbatical from work. The plan is to take 9 or 10 weeks from mid May, but where to go! France is obviously on the list as we don’t live that far from Dover, but we are not sure whether to head into Spain before it gets too hot, or head towards Italy. In your experience, is one more motorhome friendly than the other? Ta, Paul

    • Hi Paul
      Great to hear that you are gearing up for a long adventure. I guess Spain would be the easier option as you’ll find way more British there, so less of a language barrier. But if you fancy a bit of a challenge Italy is worth it. Just download campercontact and park4night and you’ll find loads of places to stay. Another possibility would be to head down to Croatia, via Italy. I guess it depends on if you like cities, beaches, mountains etc. I think you will find everywhere is more motorhome friendly than the UK.
      Enjoy wherever the road takes you. Ju

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