As this first leg of Summer 2009 in Spain draws to a close, I plan to come back in May sometime with Maureen to catch up on all the jobs I blew this time. Bob is still in the hospital in Baza, they put a new plaster on his leg and so I reckon it’s going to be another day or so before they let him out. Meanwhile his wife, daughter and grandson are over here, stopping at the cave for a while, to look after him after I leave. Bad luck that there were 2 religious holidays followed by a weekend and so there have been no doctors around. They’re planning on coming back to the UK with him on Tuesday, personally I think that’s over-optimistic – I think the doctor may say “no flying” until the plaster is off, which means going home in a people-mover and boat – but only time will tell.
I took the opportunity to visit LORCA or thereabouts – a rather large city part way between Galera and Murcia airport. One of the benefits of carrying a sat-nav is that you don’t have to worry about getting lost – so I took a diversion off the motorway and found myself in an industrial estate behind which appeared to be a rather large solar farm…. just how large wasn’t apparent until I found myself wandering along a dirt road that would be well placed in a desert somewhere.
The “farm” turned out to be the largest collection of solar arrays I’ve ever see and after ditching the car in favour of an on-foot reconnoitre I have to say…. MOST impressed – the Spanish really DO take solar power seriously – this is a VAST collection of massive solar panels – if you look in the photo, the panels go almost as far as you can see. I can’t begin to imagine the cost or power output of this lot but I’m sure anyone sufficiently interested can Google Lorca and get some more information – suffice it to say it’s well worth 5 minutes out of your journey to take a look.
A mere few minutes from Murcia airport is a delightful holiday area, not at all what you might expect (Brit-town full of chip-shops) but a nice little beach area, modern town with all the amenities. Certainly nice for a short visit.