Today my aim was to get a bus to the Pacific Ocean and a small village called Niebla about 17k away and for 500 peso what a bargain (about 60p). I don't tend to do public transport as I've often got a kayak on the roof or a mtb in the back of the van, so my comfort zone was feeling stretched.
A walk down a short track and I was treated to this stunning view ... There was also a few pelicans drifting about to the right so I headed across.
I sat and watched them for a hour or so, layer out on some flat rocks .. It's all about acclimatisation, isn't it?
Then headed on to the next beach round another small headland and I was treated to a small arch in a rock pillar ...
It was early afternoon and I was getting hungry and I fancied my chances of improving on the previous days food ordering and at the same time making sure I ordered no shellfish (due to reaction I had in Ireland, which I think was down do eating a fish chowder). So Salmon with spicy mash potato and a beer ... Whoop, whoop happy days and it was all delicious.
I wandered back to the road and where I had walked on to the beach at the start of the day. It was now busier than before, It was hot and a swell was running which was dumping from time to time ...
I got a bottle of water and a ice cream, an essential element of acclimatisation and looked for the likely location that the number 20 would stop at for my return journey. 10 mins and I was back on a bus heading for Valdiva and happy with my days exploration.
I came across a really interesting Blog which ringed true for me and it was about discomfort. Traveling to a Country where I speak very little to no Spanish, has felt uncomfortable at times, a different sort of challenge and also exciting. Having time and no schedule I feel has helped me to set the pace and adjust. Ordering the wrong meal was ok, in fact I smiled and Iaughed.
North Wales sea kayaking