We arrived at Morella during the midnight hours and thought a hotel booking slip, an address and a blip of fuel left would be enough to get us tucked into bed at a reasonable hour. How wrong we were. You see firstly, Morella is no small place; a corkscrew of streets towering upon one another until they reach the base of an insurmountable castle. Secondly, Morella is split into two towns; 1 Morella de Xiva and Morella de Castello separated by a 13km dirt road which proved disastrous to our fuel gauge and thirdly, it’s two o’clock in the morning, everything is shut (it’s late even for the Spanish) and the streets are deserted. There is not even the possibility to check into another hostel nor use our tourist phrase book to ask for directions. . .
Cranky, tired and having now driven our fuel down to it’s last 10km, we admit defeat and park up beneath the looming castle in preparation for the night in the Smart car… It begins to rain. Forty five minutes pass and our restlessness, back ache and inability to get comfortable drive us to make a new plan… New Plan: Find a fuel station for first thing in the morning. Rain coats on we wander the desolate, wet streets of Morella de Castello constantly refreshing the wifi availability. BooYAH! Thank you tourist information free wifi! It’s not all celebrations yet, we lose it a little bit at this point. Five minutes later you would see us cramped underneath a patisserie shop front staring from the blue blip on our google map indicating a service station to the a vacant wall and nothingness is front of us. Back to the Smart car we go to wait it out.
As the sun begins to rise, a few cars begin to move and a few people begin to emerge from their houses. Alert, ready to pounce at anyone…. we ask a cornered lady for directions; No clue what she said. The next person we ask has more time for the two crazy girls with bulging eyes and desperate faces, he indicated that there is a service station 8km from here but doesn’t open for a few more hours. That will do. Thank YOU SIR!
That brings us to now 11:55am rushing out the door. We have just woken up having managed to shower and grab a 2 hour kip in the remaining hours before check out. . .
Back to the SMART car, back on the trail to the Pyrenees!