Well, we reached Jon and Linda’s for Christmas and the memory of cycle touring faded as we had a great Christmas and New Year as everyone joined us from the UK..
Christmas @ Jon & Linda’s
Eating again at Las Palomas
Monkey Business (Tom, Lily & Jen)
Lily’s solution to using a laptop in the sun!
One of Burley’s first beach runs ..
Preparations for a chilly New Year..
My foot, which I broke/severely strained/pulled, trying to Kite surf in Tarifa continued to plague me with constant re-injuring and I was finally forced into submission and the realisation that I needed to rest it… We were having a great time at Jon and Linda’s with great company, fantastic weather, endless days and not to forget the star of the show Burley, the new Boxer puppy addition to the family..
A couple of weeks later I headed back to the UK to take care of a couple of matters only to get the exhaust pinched off the van which cost a fortune to sort out (a pretty boring drawn out story that won’t get re-told here for your sakes) and by the time it was sorted Lily’s 21st was just over the horizon, something we’d intended to return for in any case.
So Kim joined me and we headed for the West Country for Lily’s birthday.
During all of this an amazing work opportunity arose for me.. Really not part of our plan but then isn’t that always the case.. Anyway, thanks to a very understanding Kim, I’m heading towards Antarctica to spend 3 months sailing around Southern Argentina and Chile including the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, the Magellan Straits etc etc before heading 3,500 miles east across the Atlantic with the Roaring Forties (the winds at latitude 40 degrees south that the old clipper sail ships used to take advantage of moving goods all around the world) helping deliver the expedition sail boat to Cape Town …
On my return plan A is to resume our hunt for summer…
We owe a massive debt of gratitude to Jon and Linda for putting us up.. Or do I mean putting up with us… Thank you guys xxxxxxxx
In the meantime Kim can be found at a beach near you… if you’re in Spain..