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sunny 30 °C

Feutreventura-Friday
See 'Feutreventura-Thursday'
Also - Rebecca, Anna, Olivia go Camel riding. Alex loses the towel Karen lent her. Well she left it in a cafe, and by the time she got around to going back they had used it to clear up a spill from a leaking fridge.
Backgammon and Uno in the evening

Feutreventura-Saturday
See 'Feutreventura-Thursday'
Also - African Travelling Fair. I purchase 2 'Rolex' and 2 'Armani' wacthes for the boys back home. Funnily enought they are identical except the logo - fancy that. Oh and they cost 10EUR each, I wonder how long they will last. It was a fun market, the africans trying (not to) hard to pretend that it was all genuine. Alex was in her element 'bargaining', I just said I'll pay this much and walked away if they didn't agree.
Backgammon and Uno in the evening

Feutreventura-Sunday
See 'Feutreventura-Thursday'
My cold was getting better, and I managed a run in the morning - the only serious exercise in the 3 weeks away.
Backgammon and Uno in the evening

Feutreventura-Monday
See 'Feutreventura-Thursday'
Also - the children go scuba diving (Joe, Anna, Alex, Olivia)
Backgammon and Uno in the evening

Feutreventura-Tuesday
See 'Feutreventura-Thursday'
Also - Peter, Irene and the children (less Alex) hiring a 4X4 and heading down to the southern tip of the island in an open top Nissan patrol. My usual vehicle is a Toyota, Automatic, Petrol, Right hand drive. This one is a Nissan, Manual, Diesel, Left hand drive. The trip down is uneventful, but the children are very glad they didn't insist on having the plastic top taken down. We arrive at the end of the tarmac and that just doesn't seem to worry the two wheel drive hire cars! The road is just a dirt road with loose gravel. We take one of the many side raods down to the beach, andas we come back meet some of the 2 wheel drives trying to head down. They sit like stunned rabbits in the middle of the road wondering what to do next. They think we have a mexican standoff and one of us will have to back up to a point where the road gets wider. We just drive around them. Joe notices a couple of tracks and comments 'I wonder where they go', 'Let's find out' is my reply, 'Your not serious' responds Irene. The tracks are fine powdery rock dust and the vehicle handles a little like being on sand, I need a lower gear and to keep the momentum up. We manage to find a few rocks along the way and Irene keeps asking if we should be stopping to check the car! We get to one of the 2 locations on the map, but it has taken us longer than anticipated. Time to head back. However on the way I notice a hill off in the distance on the left. the track up the hill appears to be well defined, but the track to the bottom of the hill much less so. We head off road, with Irene saying 'we're not going to drive up there are we?'. As we cross a few river beds she screams out 'Stop', which I do. 'Where are you going' she asks. 'Can you see the track in front of us that goes down into the dip?' I ask, she nods. 'And up on the other side of the river bed you can see the track coming out of the river bed?' I ask, she nods. 'Well that's where we are going'.
As we reach the hill I drop a gear and proceed to start climbing up it. The noise in the vehicle becomes unbearable. I have to stop. Irene asks 'What happens next?'. 'I reverse down the hill' I respond. 'You REVERSE down this hill' she enquires seeking confirmation. 'Do you mind if I get out and walk down', 'Me too' squeeks a couple of the passengers. 'OK' I say, but keep well away from the vehicle - you really are much safer staying in the car' I inform them. What I didn't tell them was that I have never performed this 'Stall Stop - Key Start' manover ever, although I have taught it 100's of times.
I manage to stuff it the manover forst time - I'd left the ignition on and the engine started as I released the foot break. A quick Stall Stop was required after which I realised what I was doing wrong, and with that we safely reversed down the hill to pick up the passengers.
From there is was a long drive back to the hotel, but I think we all had some fun - even Irene.
This was our final full day on the island.

pcd

Posted by peter.dudley 17:00 Archived in Spain

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