After a day of driving winds and torrential rain, we stayed the night just outside the beautiful city of Avila in Spain, at a golf resort offering a good deal. After all, who wants to play golf in those weather conditions — apart from hardy Brits perhaps!
We woke with relief to a much milder day, so we were able to enjoy the views of the city walls and the countryside, and walk the dogs in the resort’s lovely gardens.
After collecting the last of our Spanish passengers, we headed to Narbonne and stayed the night with friends. Yesterday we made our final collections in France, and expected to make good headway towards Calais. But the combination of Ascension weekend and the horrid wet and windy weather meant that the motorways were heaving with traffic, and the driving conditions were less than ideal, so we didn’t get as far as expected. Today we’ll make up as much lost time as we can, to stay on track for our Channel crossing from Calais tomorrow.
Mikas and Onda
Our friends and colleagues at Global Pet Travel in Lisbon arranged for Mikas and Onda to travel to the UK with us. Owner Ana is working as a care professional in the Gloucester area. We collected the two dogs from their grandparents in Nazaré, who gave them a very loving send-off.
Daniella is just finishing her Erasmus year in Madrid, before heading back to university in Edinburgh for her finals next year. While she was in Madrid, she adopted a stray cat called Snowball, who’s relocating to Scotland with her.
We popped Snowball and his carry bag into his bedroom, along with his own special blanket. A proper home from home!
At Sabadell in Catalonia we met up with Sally and her partner, and their gorgeous little black-and-white hamster — a late addition to our trip. We received an email in the morning asking if she could travel —fortunately, we were passing nearby that very day with a space to spare, so now she’s on her way to Wakefield.
Cohiba and Albisor
These two rabbits belong to Sinzy and Alex, who’re relocating from Barcelona to London for work.
Charlie and Louis
We collected this wonderful pair of dogs from James at Domaine Bégude near Limoux. Part of the family is moving back to Yorkshire so that daughter Millie can go to secondary school there.
The final passenger on our list was ginger tabby cat Thor from Montpellier. Owner Céline has moved to London, and Thor has been looked after by a friend of Céline’s until he could join her.
Meanwhile, reunions in the UK
While couriers J and M wend their way towards the UK, courier Mike has got there first and has already reunited his passengers from France with their owners.