Oct 222019

Camping El Tranquillo. Pinoso 14th to 18th October. Hosts:- Val and Bob Johnson. Bryan and Phyllis Hill

14 vans attended of which 5 were visitors from the UK 

As is becoming the norm a few vans arrived a day early and had a pre rally Sunday roast lunch together at the campsite restaurant.

The rally officially started at 3pm on Monday with the meet and greet. The hosts had prepared a delicious Chilli with baked potatoes and rice. Alongside this was a buffet of nibbles and obviously lots of beer and vino. The members continued chatting, catching up on news and sharing stories until the 8.30 when the sudden temperature drop at sunset put an end to the get together.

Two groups set off on Scooters and bikes on Tuesday morning, the bikes cycled into Pinoso and stopped for a coffee before heading back to the site. The scooters went to a local Bodega to sample and buy wine and other alcoholic beverages at bargain prices. Much to her husband’s disgust, Doreen Mills managed to drop the imitation Baileys she bought at a bargain price and had to buy another, no longer a bargain. The afternoon was spent trying to solve the van quiz; each van hung a small closed cloth bag from the van mirrors. Each bag contained a small item and you had to identify it, not as easy as it sounds. This was won by Keith and Judy Griffiths, well done to them. In the evening the hosts had arranged a social evening in the campsite bar where we were allowed to take our own drinks. This was quiz night, a challenging general knowledge quiz set by Val and Bobby’s music quiz; the winners were Lou and John Hanson, Sandra Piddock and Glenys Stephenson. Following the quizzes Bob played music to get us dancing and succeeded in getting many on the dance floor.

On Wednesday some members took advantage of the mini bus that was going into Pinoso for the market, it also gave them an opportunity to explore the town. Another group walked to a local bar restaurant for an excellent Menu de Dia, 10 euro’s for 3 courses and a drink. It was a challenging walk back up hill so some of the scooter owners ferried some members back. Others decided to burn off a few calories. Another get together in the bar in the evening for “Play your Cards Right” which was won by Blod Meadley another quiz and the rally raffle. Unfortunately our hosts had had to leave the rally as Val Johnson felt ill, she was taken to hospital in Benidorm where she was admitted and a procedure was carried out on her heart. She is now on the mend and we will hopefully see her at our next rally.

On Thursday we had a Petanque tournament which was won by Mac Morris and Judy Griffiths. Thursday evening we had a three course rally meal in the campsite restaurant which was a fitting end to the rally. 

The final day had come all too soon; we had a coffee morning at 10am where our Chairman Mike Bendall presented prizes to all the competition winners. Mike also updated us with Val Johnson’s progress which was good news. Then lots of hugs and kisses before we all set out on our journeys either back home or in the case of our visitors continuing their adventures in Spain.